Unprecedented legislature was signed this week in California, banning hairstyle discrimination.

Governor Gavin Newsom backed the bill protecting cultural hairstyles in work places and schools.

Historically, federal courts have upheld the notion that hair is able to be changed, and therefore, provides no basis for discrimination complaints.

 

Controversy arose last year when a high school wrestler was given an ultimatum to forfeit a championship meet, or cut his dreadlocks. The wrestling code of conduct for the division called for all competing athletes to have short hair.

The law goes into effect January 1.