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Colorado Amends CROWN Act to Include Hair Length

04 Jul



Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers in ColoradoImmediately

What happened?

On June 3, 2024, the Colorado House Bill 1451 was signed by Governor Jared Polis, which includes hair length in the CROWN Act.

What are the details?

Key Bites

  • HB24-1451 is an amendment to the CROWN Act of 2020.
  • The bill adds hair length that is commonly or historically associated with race to the list of traits associated with one’s race.
  • The amendment was made to prevent potential discrimination based on ethnic appearance, such as Native American men with long hair or Black Americans with dreadlocks.

Business Considerations

  • Employers should revise and update theirdress or grooming policies that regulate hair length to ensure they do not discriminate.
  • Employers will need to update their non-discrimination policies to include hair length that is commonly or historically associated with race. This means that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their hair length.
  • Employers may need to provide training to their management and HR teams to ensure they understand the new law and its implications. This can help prevent potential discrimination claims and ensure a fair and inclusive workplace.

Source References

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