Discrimination Based on Hairstyle Now Unlawful in Massachusetts

Posted by Christopher A. Callanan | Jul 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

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).

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Christopher A. Callanan

Chris Callanan is an experienced trial attorney who represents businesses and individuals in a variety of commercial, employment and catastrophic personal injury matters. Mr. Callanan's business litigation practice focuses on employment disputes including breach of contract, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, wage and hour disputes, independent contractor classification issues, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, unfair and deceptive business practices, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and defamation.


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