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Maryland General Assembly OKs banning discrimination based on hair

The Statehouse building in Annapolis, (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

The Statehouse building in Annapolis, (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

A bill to ban discrimination based on a person’s natural hair or hairstyles was passed by the General Assembly and is headed to Gov. Larry Hogan for signature.

The bill expands the definition of race to include hair texture, afro hairstyles and protective hairstyles, which are designed to protect the ends of hair.

It includes a provision to clarify that reasonable standards for safety apply in the workplace.

Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest jurisdiction, approved a similar measure earlier this month.

California, New Jersey and New York have passed similar legislation.

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