2023 : No More Hair Discrimination in MIchigan

June 15, 2023 all-day

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded Michigan’s civil rights law that bars racial discrimination to include discrimination based on hair texture and hairstyles such as braids, locks and twists.

“Let’s just call it what it is, hair discrimination is nothing more than thinly veiled racial discrimination,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, at the bill signing Thursday.

With Whitmer’s signature, Michigan became the 20th state to create such a civil rights protection from discrimination based on hair. Colloquially known as the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair — or CROWN Act — Senate Bill 90 updates the definition of race in the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” The law bars discrimination in housing, employment, education and public accommodations.

Source: Arpan Lobo and Clara Hendrickson, “New Michigan law bans discrimination for natural hair, hairstyles”, Detroit Free Press, June 15, 2023.