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April 24, 2019

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By Lisa Fernandez, KTVU

CLAYTON, Calif. (KTVU) - When Mary Beth Haile Hofstein of Clayton, Calif. would interview for jobs, she’d pull her kinky hair back in a tight bun or spend hours straightening it to a shiny sheen.

Then, when she’d worked at a place for six months or so, the mother of four and former medical industry employee, would let it go au natural: Most often sporting a medium-sized Afro.

April 24, 2019

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By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES

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California Senate passes new bill banning racial discrimination against employees with natural hairstyles originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com

California has joined other states in ending racial discrimination against people with natural hairstyles such as braids, twists, and afros.

April 24, 2019

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California legislators on Monday moved forward a bill that would protect students and employees from discrimination based on natural hairstyles including afros, braids and twists. 

Passed by the Senate, the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) seeks to add hair textures and styles associated with race to state anti-discrimination laws. The House will consider the measure next.

April 23, 2019

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By Don Thompson, AP Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police.

April 23, 2019

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The California state Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill adding discrimination based on hair associated with race to the state’s anti-discrimination law, according to CNN.

SB 188 updates the definition of race on the books to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles."

April 23, 2019

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — California could become one of the first states to outlaw racial discrimination because of hairstyles - such as braids and dreadlocks - in a move aimed at challenging long-held standards of professionalism in the workplace.

April 22, 2019

By Adam Beam

ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —

California could become one of the first states to outlaw racial discrimination because of hairstyles - such as braids and dreadlocks - in a move aimed at challenging long-held standards of professionalism in the workplace.

The California Senate voted 37-0 on Monday to approve SB 188 that would update the state's anti-discrimination law so that the term "race" includes "traits historically associated with race."

April 22, 2019

By David Williams

(CNN) - A bill that would ban schools and workplaces from having dress codes that forbid braids, twists and other natural hair styles has passed the California State Senate.

SB 188 updates the state's anti-discrimination laws so the definition of race "also include traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles."

It passed on Monday in a 37-0 vote and will now go to the State Assembly.