(PATCH) In Montgomery County, it is now illegal to discriminate against people based on their natural hairstyle.
Effective Feb. 6, The CROWN Act — which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair — prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and other public services based on natural hairstyles historically associated with race. Afros, twists, curls, braids, and locks are all protected under this new law.
A person who is discriminated against because of a natural hairstyle can seek a civil penalty of up to $5,000 through the county's Office of Human Rights.
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