DENVER -- Colorado has joined four other states in banning natural hair discrimination after Gov. Jared Polis signed the CROWN Act into law Friday evening.
The governor signed House Bill 1048 at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, a studio and performing arts school based in African-American traditions.
California was the first pass a law banning this type of discrimination as part of the CROWN — Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair — movement, a coalition co-founded by Dove and other organizations to end this type of discrimination.
Rep. Leslie Herod and her co-sponsors brought forward the bill because of examples of children getting bullied and suspended from school as well as workplace discrimination and harassment.
The bill references protection from discrimination against natural hair, commonly experienced by people who are black, Jewish, Latinx or of Native American descent. It would apply to public education, employment practices, housing, public accommodations and advertising.
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