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Managing Employee Appearance and Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

Published:  January 5, 2017

On January 5, 2017, Royal, P.C. hosted a roundtable-style seminar, and discussed the topics of  appearance in the workplace, and religious accommodations, including:
     - An overview of religious discrimination law;
     - Dress and appearance standards;
     - Body modification (tattoos and piercings); and
     - Workplace culture, individual self-expression & employee retention.

Managing employee appearance in the workplace can be challenging. Generally, private employers can set whatever dress, grooming, and appearance standards that they think are appropriate for their businesses, as long as the standards are not discriminatory.  Employers, however, have an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would create an undue burden, which sometimes means making exceptions to dress and appearance standards.

If you have any questions about religious accommodations and managing appearances in the workplace, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.