New Mexico outlaws discrimination based on hairstyles, head coverings

Effective July 1, New Mexico has updated the New Mexico Human Right Act (NMHRA) to extend state law protections to prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles and head coverings. In doing so, it joins numerous other states and counties in adopting antidiscrimination measures inspired by the CROWN Act, which stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." By expanding the definition of race, New Mexico rejected the notion that hairstyle is a matter of style rather than a characteristic of race.

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