With the newly signed CROWN Act banning race-based hair discrimination in the workplace and other areas of public accommodation, New Jersey employment lawyers say employers must take stock of existing grooming policies.

They say the New Jersey bill, known as the “Create a Respectful and Open Workspace for Natural Hair Act,” or CROWN Act, that Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Dec. 19, should encourage employers to be more cautious when it comes to grooming policies, or at least reexamine existing rules to ensure they are applied across the board fairly, lawyers say.

Peter T. Shapiro partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

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