Illinois Enacts the CROWN Act to Prohibit Hair Discrimination in the Workplace
On June 29, 2022, Governor Pritzker signed the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act into law. The Act amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.) by expanding the definition of “race” to include “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.” The amended definition expands these protections to other areas covered under the Illinois Human Rights Act, including employment, housing, financial transactions, and public accommodations. The legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2023. To prepare, employers should proactively review and update their grooming and appearance policies to ensure compliance.
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JAMES R. PIRAGES
EILEEN M. CAVER
EVAN J. BONNETT
MARYJO F. PIRAGES REYNOLDS