Bill to protect against hairstyle discrimination sent to Texas governor

A gubernatorial spokesperson did not immediately respond to an inquiry about whether the governor supports the bill.


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State Rep. Rhetta Bowers, D-Rowlett, at a 2021 legislative committee hearing. Bowers wants to ban hairstyle discrimination in workplaces, schools and housing.te
Versions of the legislation, called the CROWN Act — an acronym for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair — have been adopted throughout the country as well as in ​​Harris County, the state's most populous, and the city of Austin.
Both refused and sued the school district over its dress code in a matter that is not yet resolved.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/05/12/texas-house-crown-act-hair-discrimination/. The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy. Learn more at texastribune.org.