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Pittsburgh, county adopt protections for natural hairstyles

By Ashley Murray, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Fashion Daily News

PITTSBURGH — Those who believe they are being discriminated against based on their hairstyle will now have legal protection in Pittsburgh and wider Allegheny County.

Both city and county councils last week (Oct. 27) adopted measures that protect natural hair textures and hairstyles in employment, housing and other public accommodations. The timing was not coordinated.

The bodies voted unanimously — City Council 8-0 and County Council 15-0.

The county and the city now join several states and cities across the nation that have passed laws protecting Black people who wear their hair naturally or in braids or locks.

Mayor Bill Peduto submitted the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN, Act earlier this month.

The county ordinance was introduced in early September and went through three rounds of committee discussions. Those suspecting hairstyle discrimination can submit a complaint to the respective city and county commissions on human relations, which are tasked with investigating civil rights violations.

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