Bloomberg Law
Feb. 25, 2022, 7:49 PMUpdated: March 16, 2022, 5:23 PM

BGOV Bill Summary: H.R. 2116, Natural Hair Discrimination (2)

Adam M. Taylor
Adam M. Taylor
Legislative Analyst

Excluding or discriminating against a person based on their hair texture or style, if it’s commonly associated with a particular race or national origin, would be made illegal by H.R. 2116.

The bill would apply to federally funded programs, housing and employment practices, public accommodations such as hotels, and in legal proceedings. Violations would be treated as violations of relevant civil rights laws, such as the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Hairstyles including twists, Bantu knots, Afros, and locs would be specifically protected.

The House is set to begin considering the measure March 16 under a ...

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