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California to Ban Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles

California lawmakers are leading a fight to make a controversial practice at businesses and schools illegal for the first time discrimination against black hairstyles.

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law protecting black students and employees with styles like locs or cornrows.

Chastity Jones was tangled in a nearly 10 year legal battle after she says an employer took back a job offer at an Alabama call center because Jones refused to cut her hair.

Jones says, “‘Are those dreadlocks in your hair?’ And I just looked at her, and I was like, ‘these?’ And she said, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘yes, they are.’ She said, ‘um, well, we can’t accept that here’.”

New York could be the second state to pass this bill into law. It’s awaiting the governor’s signature.

As for those involved in the Crown Act, they’re meeting at the Essence Music Festival this Friday to celebrate what they hope will become a national movement.

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