Grooming in the Workplace
Here’s an interesting article by the L.A. Times entitled Young Workers Have Something Up Their Sleeves about people removing their tattoos and body piercings because they feel that their appearances could impact their job prospects. The article correctly points out that employers are generally allowed to make job determinations based upon an employee’s tattoos and body piercings. Also, employers can also develop policies prohibiting employees to expose the tattoos and body piercings. However, it’s very important to note that if an employee protests against an employer’s grooming standard based upon his or her religion, the employer should carefully review whether it needs to reasonably accommodate the employee under the law.