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California bans bias based on hairstyle

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Michael J Nader

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in Centerpiece,Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

California has become the first state in the nation to ban discrimination on the basis of applicants’ and employees’ hairstyles.

On July 3, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 188 into law, which broadens the definition of “race” in California’s anti-discrimination law to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  Employers should plan accordingly.

The EEOC has long considered race in terms beyond skin color. Color discrimination is itself a protected category, which can be defined as discrimination based on pigmentation, complexion or skin shade or tone. Race has a broader meaning and can include physical characteristics associated with race (such as a person’s hair, facial features, height and weight), as well as cultural characteristics related to race, including a person’s name, cultural dress and grooming practices, ac...(register to read more)

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