CROWN Act Kansas & Missouri
Hair Discrimination in Missouri
There are highly publicized cases of discrimination based on hairstyles in the workplace and schools. Tyree Bayan, a student seeking employment in Kansas City said he was denied a job because of his locs, despite being described by management as "a 100 percent qualified candidate."
Under the current Kansas and Missouri statutes, this type of discrimination is legal. Unfortunately, cases like these are not rare and under current state law, this form of discrimination is legal.
Shirley's KC is joining Missouri Representatives Ashley Bland-Manlove, D-Kansas City and LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis to pass the CROWN Act in Missouri. This is following the successful passage of the act in Kansas City, Missouri in the winter of 2020. The City passed the act UNANIMOUSLY and is only the second municipality to pass it.
The CROWN Act
The bills presented by legislators in Kansas and Missouri mirror legislative measures passed in California, New York and New Jersey called the “Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair,”or (CROWN) Act.
Shirley’s KC is working to build a coalition of supporting organizations and individuals to advocate for protections that the CROWN Act will bring to Black people across both states. We need you and your organization to stand with us as we fight to protect against discrimination.
You can view the CROWN Research Study here.