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H.R. 5309 (116th): CROWN Act of 2020

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About the bill

It’s illegal to discriminate explicitly based on race, but what about based on hairstyles frequently associated with racial minorities?


According to a study of 1,000 black and 1,000 white women, black women’s hair is 3.4 times as likely to be perceived as “unprofessional” versus white women’s hair. Black women were also 50% more likely than white women to have been sent home from their workplace because of their hair.

(That study was sponsored in part by Dove, a company which has publicly supported the CROWN Act.)

In June 2019, California became the first state to ban “hair discrimation.” New York followed suit as the second state a month later, in July 2019.

Is a national ban next?

What the legislation does

The CROWN ...

Sponsor and status

Cedric Richmond

Sponsor. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2020
Length: 12 pages
Dec 5, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 21, 2020 but was never passed by the Senate.



Dec 5, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Sep 15, 2020
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Sep 18, 2020
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Sep 21, 2020
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee. The House Committee on the Judiciary issued the report which may provide insight into the purpose of the legislation.

Sep 21, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 5309 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5309. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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