Employee Appearance -- Dress Codes

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    Just as individuals don’t want to put all of their 401(k) money into one type of investment, employers don’t want to place the future of their companies in the hands of one type of employee. Employers know they need both engineers and salespeople, for example, not just one group or the other. Organizations need all kinds of skills,...

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    Can you ban an employee tattoo even if it's part of a religious practice? Can you ban headwear if it’s part of someone’s personal expression? What about dress codes related to safety rules? Do you  allow workers to wear T-shirts with offensive slogans or pictures? Employers today are facing these questions and more as they try...
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    Can you ban an employee tattoo even if it's part of a religious practice? Can you ban headwear if it’s part of someone’s personal expression? What about dress codes related to safety rules? Do you allow workers to wear T-shirts with offensive slogans or pictures? Employers today are facing these questions and more as they try on...
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    Learn how to fashion -- and enforce -- a realistic dress code policy while protecting your organization from harassment and discrimination suits.   A Costco cashier recently sued the company for the right to wear her 11 earrings and eyebrow piercings as a form of religious expression. Can employers ban "body art" in the workplace...
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    Have you ever tried to discipline an employee for workplace misconduct only to hear for the first time that his disability caused the misconduct? Did you then wonder how you should proceed? If that has ever happened to you, then the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) recent guidance, "The Americans with Disabilities...
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    Last month, we reviewed some of the challenges you face in managing a multicultural workforce. In addition to reviewing what's considered "religion" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we looked at some common examples of what constitutes religious discrimination and harassment under Title VII.   This month, we continue with our...
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    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on religion and even requires you to accommodate religious practices in some circumstances. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces Title VII, recently issued guidance to help you deal with religious issues in the...
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    Employers must be cautious when disciplining employees for grooming violations. In the following case, the employee cited his Rastafarian religious beliefs as the reason for a hairstyle that violated his employer's grooming policy. Although the employee's religious beliefs appear to be an afterthought, the federal district court is...
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    The United States is home to more than 2,000 different religious faiths and denominations. As a result, religious discrimination in the workplace is a growing problem. Over the last 10 years, religious discrimination complaints filed by employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rose 67 percent. During the...
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    Q I'm a small business owner, and my company is growing considerably. I am thinking about implementing a dress code policy for my employees. I'm worried, however, that if I'm not careful, I could interfere with some of my employees' religious beliefs and open myself up to legal issues. Do you have any recommendations on how I can...
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