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Managing Employee Appearances and Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

Published:  March 24, 2017

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.

Attorney Timothy M. Netkovick discussed managing appearances and religious accommodations in the workplace, and covered:

  • An overview of religious discrimination law;
  • Dress and appearance standards;
  • Body modification (tattoos and piercings); and
  • Workplace culture, individual self-expression, and employee retention

This event was hosted by the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, and was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Westfield, MA.