HR Tip of the Week: On October 1, 2020, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council unanimously passed an ordinance known as “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.
Kansas City joins an increasing number of state and local jurisdictions in adding hairstyles and natural hair types that are commonly associated with race to the class of protected racial characteristics. Although this legislation does not affect all of Missouri, employers should proactively review their current policies for the benefit of creating an inclusive work environment for all employees.
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