The Senate approved Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair with a near-unanimous vote. The bill is similar to those passed in states such as New York, California, Virginia, New Jersey, and others; it protects those with natural or defensive hairstyles from the workplace or school discrimination and makes that discrimination illegal.
Rep. Robyn Porter of New Haven, the bill’s sponsor, told NBC Connecticut that when she first entered the Senate, she was told to “settle on a hairstyle.” “Many of us are judged, reprimanded, and passed over for promotion or even fired for the way we wear our hair to work,” she said. “Conformity is often a means of survival.”
Other representatives were just as enthusiastic about the bill’s passage. West Hartford’s Exum to NBC Connecticut “I look at the hair of those around me and just accept it as is. It doesn’t speak to their ability, their competency, their performance, or their knowledge.
Governor Lamont expressed his support for the bill on Twitter, saying, “This measure is critical to helping build a more equitable society, and I look forward to signing it into law in the coming days.”
The House of Representatives also passed the CROWN Act in the United States. It is now in possession of the Senate of the United States. You can email your representatives or sign this petition if you want to see the CROWN Act passed in your state.