‘Common Law’: The Legal Battle Over Black Hair and Protective Hairstyles

Black women facing discrimination for wearing their hair naturally have not been successful in the courts, pointing to the need for other solutions, a University of Virginia School of Law graduate explains on the latest episode of “Common Law.”

The UVA Law podcast’s ninth episode features Doriane Nguenang ’21, now a Baker McKenzie associate, and hosts Dean Risa Goluboff and Professor Cathy Hwang.

Nguenang wrote about employment litigation concerning hair in her student note for the Virginia Law Review, “Black Women’s Hair and Natural Hairstyles in the Workplace.” As a law student, Nguenang also served as a research