30 Nov

November 2020 Pennsylvania Legal HR Updates

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Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Pass CROWN Acts

What happened?
The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have passed the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Acts.

What are the details?
The CROWN Acts prohibit discrimination based on any characteristic, texture, form, or manner of wearing an individual’s hair if such characteristic, form, or manner is commonly associated with a particular race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or religion. 

The Allegheny County CROWN Acts can be found here.

The City of Pittsburgh’s CROWN Acts can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers within Allegheny County or the City of Pittsburgh should review their workplace dress code policies to ensure they are not discriminating against protected hairstyles. Managers may need to be trained on any changes in workplace policies. 


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