On December 31, 2019 democratic State Senator, Oletha Faust-Goudeau pre-filed Senate Bill 250 (SB 250), the Kansas bill amending the definition of race in state law to cover “hair texture and protective hairstyles.”

The legislation will ensure protection against discrimination in the workplace based on hairstyles, such as locs, braids and twists by prohibiting employers from enforcing purportedly “race neutral” grooming policies that disproportionately impact Black people.

 

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 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. 

The CROWN Act

SB 250 mirrors legislative measures passed in California, New York and New Jersey called the “Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair,”or (CROWN) Act. Kansas will be one of the first states in the Midwest to introduce the legislation. 

 

Shirley’s KC will work to build a coalition of supporting organizations and individuals to advocate for protections that SB 250 will bring to Black people across the state. We need you and your organization to stand with us as we fight to protect against discrimination. 

You can track Kansas SB250 here. You can view the The CROWN Research Study here.

Rated Unprofessional

Black women’s hair is 3.4x

more likely to be perceived

as unprofessional

Change to Fit In

Black women are 80% more likely to change their hair from its natural state to fit in at the office

Black Women Impacted

More likely to be

sent home from the

workplace because

of their hair

Tell Your Story

Share your story and experience with hair discrimination. You can give testimony to legislators, share your story in the news or share your story with others who may have the same experience.

Join the Coalition

Are you a salon or barber shop owner? A community leader? A business owner? Are you a part of an organization that wants to take a stand? Join our coalition of organizations and leaders who support SB 250.

Lend a Hand

Many hands make light work. And we need all hands on deck. Volunteers will play a key role in making sure this bill passes.

Step in & Support

If you have other ideas about how you can support our efforts and support Black women, reach out to us!

 

I will #ProtectTheCrown

Please take a moment to fill out the information below to join the effort  to pass SB 250. 

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