Race-related Hair Discrimination Banned Under Illinois’ CROWN Act

Race-related Hair Discrimination Banned Under Illinois’ CROWN Act

In the realm of employment law, knowledge is your ally. With Mitchell A. Kline Law Office, you have a team that ensures you’re well-armed with this knowledge and supports you through every step of the journey. Our legal team is adept at representing those affected by race-based hair discrimination in the workplace, guided by the transformative CROWN Act. We’re committed to helping you understand all aspects of this significant legislation and guiding you through the legal process to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Below, we cover a few key points employees should know about the CROWN Act and how it may protect them. If you believe you faced racial discrimination at work, contact us for a consultation where you can receive legal advice specific to your situation.

The CROWN Act: Laws Against Race-Based Hair Discrimination

The CROWN Act prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and hairstyles associated with race or national origin. This means no employee can be treated unfavorably because of their natural hair or culturally specific hairstyles. The Act safeguards your right to embrace your cultural identity without fear of prejudice at work.

Consider the case of a California woman who was denied a job because her dreadlocks “didn’t fit the company’s image.” With the CROWN Act in place, she successfully challenged this discriminatory act and set a precedent for others facing similar situations.

Violating the CROWN Act: The Consequences for Employers

Employers who violate the CROWN Act face significant consequences. These include hefty fines, mandatory anti-discrimination training, and even potential lawsuits. If an employer is found guilty of violating this Act, it sends a clear message that race-based hair discrimination will not be tolerated and sets an example for others to follow.

Your Recourse as an Employee: Standing up Against Discrimination

If you believe you’ve been a victim of race-based hair discrimination, you have several avenues for recourse. You can file a complaint with the state human rights commission or pursue legal action against your employer. Winning such a lawsuit could result in compensation for lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages. With our Illinois employment lawyer at your side, here’s how you can protect your rights under the CROWN Act:

  • Document the Discrimination: Keep a record of all instances of hair discrimination. Include dates, times, locations, and any individuals involved. This will serve as crucial evidence in your case.
  • Report Internally: Report the discrimination to your supervisor or HR department. Make sure you do this in writing and keep a copy for your records.
  • Consult with Our Lawyer: Reach out to our Illinois employment lawyer for a consultation. We’ll help you understand your rights and assess the strength of your case.
  • File a Complaint: With our guidance, file a formal complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. This is a critical step in pursuing legal recourse.
  • Prepare for Legal Action: If necessary, we’ll help you prepare to take your case to court. Our experienced team will support you every step of the way.

Get the Legal Help You Deserve: Consult with Our Experienced Employment Lawyers

Experiencing racial discrimination at work can be deeply distressing. But remember, you’re not alone in this fight. If you believe you’ve faced discrimination due to your natural hair or hairstyle, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. At our law firm, we have skilled employment lawyers ready to protect your rights and guide you through the complex legal process. Don’t let discrimination go unchallenged—stand up, speak out, and let us help you claim the justice you deserve.