CROWN Act Kansas & Missouri
Hair Discrimination in Kansas
There are highly publicized cases of discrimination based on hairstyles in the work place 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 current Kansas and Missouri statute, this type of discrimination is legal. Unfortunately cases like these are not rare and under current state law, this form of discrimination is legal.
Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau and Missouri Representative Barbara Anne Washington both introduced CROWN Act legislation in early 2020. And while these bills had great support from the community, issues related to COVID 19 prevented both bills from being passed.
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 The CROWN Research Study here.