Niang v. Carroll, No. 16-3968 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
Missouri Revised Statute Sections 328.020 and 329.030, which require African-style hair braiders to have a license to work for pay, is rationally related to a legitimate state interest in protecting consumers and ensuring public health and safety. In this case, the State offered evidence of health risks associated with braiding such as hair loss, inflammation, and scalp infection. The Eighth Circuit held that the Missouri statutes did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of the African-style hair braiders, and affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the State.