Mike Burke

The US Congress Passes The Crown Act Against Workplace Hair Discrimination

The US Congress is one step closer making hair discrimination illegal. The legislation was introduced to Congress nine months ago, and Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana has led the charge on pushing the bill through. The inaugural CROWN Act penned by Senator Holly J. Mitchell was first signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom back in 2019. Since then, only a handful of states had passed the law, including New York, New Jersey and Virginia. But by the end of 2019, then presidential hopeful, Sen. Corey Booker had been  lobbying for the bill on the Federal level.

“As a co-founder of the CROWN Coalition, Dove is proud of the progress we’ve made to make race-based hair discrimination illegal to ensure Black children and adults are free to wear our natural hair styles in every school and work place in America,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever North America.

On Tuesday, Dove and The Crown Coalition celebrated a new milestone in the fight against hair discrimination when the United States House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act. The federal bill is now one step closer to becoming a law — it’s now advancing to the Senate.