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Work Appearance, Dress Codes and Employer's Liability for Being Out of Fashion

An employer had a "bad hair day," and paid $70,000 for enforcing a discriminatory hair style policy. The EEOC, states and municipalities are passing more laws on employer's rights to impose restrictive appearance policies. Learn what you can and cannot do in this volatile area.

OnDemand
Recorded Friday,
October 28th, 2022
Presented by Bob Gregg
2h total length
$279.00 or 1 Token

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Are your Dress Code/Appearance Policies "out of fashion?" What is "appropriate" work appearance? Do you have the right to tell employees what to wear? How much can an employer dictate styles of dress, hair, perfume or jewelry? When do company appearance rules become discretionary or violate employees' legal rights? What is an "unusual" or "strange" style? Who decides and whose values are being imposed? Employers are often shocked to find they have gone over the line. Sometimes that shock costs dearly in legal fees and damages. This webinar will cover the practical and legal issues of the current trends in employee appearance in the workplace, and what you should and shouldn't do about them.

What You'll Learn

  • What are an employer's rights to regulate employee appearance?
  • What are the current legal principles that apply to employee dress codes regarding, among other things, the health and safety of workers, and an employee's [employer's] right to determine what is "appropriate" appearance?
  • The legal problems concerning discrimination (sex, race and national origin), and protecting religious and privacy rights relating to appearance.
  • "How to" properly address appearance issues from body odor, clothing and hairstyle to piercings and tattoos.
  • What is "good appearance?"
  • Creating dress code policies. 

Who Should Attend

Human Resource Professionals, CEOs, all Managers, Board Members who set or approve policies.

Bob Gregg

Instructor Bio

Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contracts, discrimination cases, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Speakers Association. He is also a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity and served on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.