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St. Louis bans discrimination based on hairstyles

Tishaura Jones
Posted at 4:15 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 17:15:28-04

ST LOUIS — St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones has signed a bill prohibiting race-based discrimination based on hairstyles.

The Democratic mayor, elected last month, signed the bill Friday. Kansas City, Missouri, has a similar ordinance. Several states also have passed the CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.

The St. Louis bill was sponsored by Alderwoman Shameem Clark Hubbard. It prohibits job, housing and hiring discrimination "based upon an individual's hairstyle, protective hair, or natural or cultural hair texture or style."

A similar bill was recently introduced by the St. Louis County Council.