The CROWN Act was recently passed by the State of Michigan.
The Act prohibits discrimination based on “natural and protective hairstyles”, particularly those associated with race by updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include this category. The intent is to end discriminatory practices in employment, housing, education, and places of accommodation based on hairstyle.
This would be a good time to review your handbook and dress code policies. Your EEO policy should include a reference to hairstyle discrimination. And, if you have them, hairstyle specifications should be limited to those necessary to meet safety or sanitation requirements. If a professionalism standard is described, it must not limit the ability to wear those hairstyles typically associated with race.
Have questions or need help updating your policies? The Human Resources Consultants at Rose Street in Kalamazoo are ready to help you!
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