Understanding hair discrimination in California workplaces

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Employment |

Hair discrimination involves unfair treatment based on hairstyle or texture. This disproportionately affects people of African descent who wear natural or protective styles. This could include braids, locks, twists and afros.

In response to this problem, California has taken legal steps to address and mitigate hair discrimination within the work environment. As workplaces aim to foster inclusivity, it is important to understand the nature of hair discrimination.

What constitutes hair discrimination?

Hair discrimination happens when workers face unequal treatment or harassment due to their natural hair or hairstyles associated with their race. This could manifest in missed promotions, disciplinary actions or negative remarks focused on their hair.

Why is it necessary to combat hair discrimination?

Combating hair discrimination is important for cultivating a work environment that respects diversity. Tackling these issues makes sure all employees have the same chances and are judged on what they can do and what they add to the company, not on how they look.

How can you address hair discrimination?

California leads the fight against hair discrimination with the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), which makes it illegal to discriminate based on hairstyles and hair texture. If employees suspect they are targets of hair discrimination, they should document such incidents and approach their human resources department for support.

Raising awareness and creating a respectful and accepting work environment are key steps to making a workplace inclusive. By standing up to hair discrimination, California workers can lead the way. This can inspire other states and industries to stop such unfair treatment. Being committed to fairness and inclusion helps create a positive workplace where everyone can do well based on their skills and hard work.