HR Tip of the Week: California Bans Workplace Discrimination Based on Hairstyle
California has become the first state to protect employees from discrimination based on natural hair and hairstyles associated with race. The bill will encourage schools and businesses to create grooming and appearance policies that will foster inclusion and diversity.
So, what can other states and employers do to stay ahead of this movement? They may implement personnel policies that highlight acceptable grooming and appearance standards for employees while being mindful when implementing such policies to ensure that they are nondiscriminatory and do not have a disproportionate impact on employees in a legally protected category. Grooming and appearance policies should be driven by business objectives and not subjective personal preferences. Read more best practices here.