Effective July 26, 2022, a new Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles in workplaces and school-related organizations. The law defines natural and protective hairstyles as including “braids, locks, twists, Bantu knots and other formations”. Policies that prohibit or restrict natural hairstyles in schools and school districts are now unlawful. The law also prohibits hair discrimination in employment, business, advertising and public spaces.
Known as the Crown Act, the new law will be enforced by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Questions about this new discrimination law can be directed to Attorney Kevin Callanan (781-878-1604) or Attorney Christopher Callanan (617-330-7575).