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Maryland - Discrimination and Hair

On May 8, 2020, Maryland legislation (S.B. 531) became law, without the governor’s signature, and expanded the definition of race to include protective hairstyles under the state’s employment antidiscrimination laws. Specifically, employment discrimination on the basis of race will include traits associated with race, including hair texture, afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles. Additionally, under the law protective hairstyles include braids, twists, and locks.

The law is effective October 1, 2020.

Read MD S.B. 531