In early July, Governor Newsom signed into law a bill ( SB188 ), making it clear that California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code protect individuals with race traits, such as hair texture and hair styles. The new law specifically calls out protection for Blacks [1] against race discrimination for “protective” hairstyles historically associated with the Black culture. This includes afros, braids, locks and twists. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020. The legislature states:
 
Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional.

[1] We would normally refer to this race as African American, but the law specifically uses the term “Black” so we have too.