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, while also ensuring compliance with federal and state laws. How does an organization balance employees’ rights to express themselves with the organization’s right to determine its legitimate business needs, while maintaining an inclusive work environment? It is critical that human resources professionals and managers understand the importance of a dress code free of discrimination to ensure all job candidates and employees are treated fairly and equitably.
Upon course completion, you will be able to:
- Describe legal issues surrounding dress and appearance in the workplace
- List specific elements of a compliant Dress and Appearance policy
- Recognize the role of unconscious bias and stereotypes in discrimination through dress codes
- Identify prevention tactics to ensure employees are judged by their performance and not on stereotypes