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20 Oct

October 2021: Connecticut’s CROWN Act Enacted

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Update Applicable to:

All employers in Connecticut.

What happened?

On March 25, 2021, the Secretary of State passed the Connecticut CROWN Act (HB 6515) into law.

What are the details?

The law, effective as of October 1, 2021, amends the definition of “race” under the Connecticut Human Rights law, including the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), to encompass ethnic traits associated with race, including hair texture and hairstyles, such as wigs, head wraps, braids, cornrows, locks, twists, Bantu knots, afros, and afro puffs.

For more information, please see the links below:

HB 6515


What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the law and their policies to make applicable updates to stay in compliance with both the CROWN Act and CFEPA.