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2021 - Tattoos, Sandals, Yarmulkes, Dress And Appearance: Increasing Legal Challenges For Employees And Employers



VenueOnline Event, USA - United States USA - United States

KeywordsAppearance in the workplace; Human Resources; Live Webinars


Topics/Call fo Papers

From the length of one’s hair, to the number and location of visible tattoos, to recognizing gender non-conformity style, to creating a summer dress code, employers are facing an increased need to determine their organization’s culture and policies, as well as following federal and state laws. How does an organization balance employees’ rights to express themselves with the organization’s rights to determine its legitimate business needs while maintaining an inclusive work environment? The pitfalls for employers are many. More businesses are likely to face these issues especially now that research is confirming these types of biases exist broadly across U. S. workplaces. The potential for organizational errors are plentiful. Organizations expect employees to use sound judgment in their dress and grooming, however, what if the employee’s sense of dress and grooming varies from the organizations? After all, types of self-expression have become more commonplace with society demonstrating more acceptances in people’s choices of self-expression—shouldn’t the workplace reflect this change in social rules too?
Dress codes are receiving a fair amount of attention in the courts these days. There have been a number of precedent setting lawsuits dealing with dress codes’ requirements and how those requirements, even inadvertently, discriminate against potential and current employees based on their gender, religion, and race, to name a few. It is critical that human resources professionals and managers understand the importance of a discriminatory free dress code to ensure all job candidates and employees ae treated fairly and equitably.
Body art
International dress
National Labor Review Board’s take on dress
What should be considered in writing your dress code.
Religious dress
Sex stereotyping dress
Political dress
To discuss legal issues surrounding Dress and Appearance in the workplace
To list specific elements of a Dress and Appearance policy
To explore the role of unconscious bias and stereotypes play in discrimination through dress codes
To identify prevention tactics to ensure employees are judged by their performance and not on stereotypes
To review the EEOC’s Guidelines on dress at work
Human Resources generalists
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.
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Last modified: 2021-11-02 18:28:28