Hair discrimination: the text is adopted by 44 votes to 2 by the National Assembly

Hair discrimination: the text is adopted by 44 votes to 2 by the National Assembly

Le texte a été adopté par 44 voix contre deux à l’Assemblée nationale. MAXPPP – Josselin CLAIR

The bill aimed at recognizing and penalizing hair discrimination in the professional environment was adopted by the National Assembly this Thursday, March 28, 2024.

The measure carried by MP Olivier Serva (LIOT), aims to regulate and sanction discrimination based on the cut, texture, color or length of hair, by adding it to the list of discrimination punishable by criminal sanctions.

An uncertain future in the Senate

This March 28, the deputy's proposal was adopted by 44 votes to two, before being transmitted to the Senate where its future remains uncertain, reports RTL< /em>. If the latter adopts the measure, France could be the first country to recognize hair discrimination as real discrimination.

Thus a person found guilty of hair discrimination could then be sanctioned up to 3 years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

The text criticized by LR and RN elected officials

The only equivalent exists in the United States where the "CROWN Act" (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act of 2022 prohibits discrimination based on hair in the workplace and at school. Adopted in 24 states and around thirty cities, it does not apply at the federal level.

If the text on hair discrimination was adopted in the law committee on Wednesday March 20, it is not unanimous among Republican and RN elected officials. Fabien di Filippo, LR deputy for Moselle, believes in particular that this amounts to "importing Anglo-Saxon legislation and its victim logic into French law".

Others claim that there is "no legal vacuum" because the Labor Code already provides that "physical appearance is a cause of discrimination".

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