Kansas City Missouri City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 200837, also known as the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, which prohibits discrimination based on natural hairstyles and hair textures that are associated with race. The bill presented by legislators mirror similar legislative measures passed in California, New York and New Jersey.
In a survey of 2,000 women who are employed full time, the CROWN Act’s study found that black women’s hair is 3.4 times more likely to be perceived as unprofessional, black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair, and black women are 83% more likely to report being judged more harshly on their looks than other women.
Mayor Quinton Lucas was thrilled about the bill’s passing saying “For far too long, Black women and men in our community and throughout our country have been discriminated against — particularly in workplace settings — for embracing their natural hair texture and styles.”
Effective November 1, 2020, employers in Kansas City, Missouri will be barred from maintaining and/or enforcing dress codes that prohibit hairstyles or hair textures traditionally associated with race.