The law allows employers to enforce reasonable grooming and appearance requirements. These requirements must not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, or religion. However, employers may institute different requirements for male and female employees. These requirements may constitute sex or gender discrimination if the requirements impacts one sex or gender group adversely, restrict employment opportunities for one group, and are demeaning to the group it applies to. Furthermore, these requirements must be related to the job. For example, a professional image may be considered important in some positions.
Some positions where makeup requirements may be allowed include:
Employers are not allowed to institute the following:
Courts have allowed different requirements in grooming and appearance to be instituted. These include:
If you believe that the appearance or grooming requirements at your workplace exceed their proper scope or are discriminatory, you may want to consult an experienced employment lawyer. An experienced employment law attorney will be able to advise you of your rights as an employee and determine whether you have a valid case of sex or gender discrimination.
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