Dress Codes in the workplace are implemented to help employees represent their
company in the most professional way they can. They are not formulated so black and white
anymore, because there are many aspects to include to prevent discrimination.
Keeping it gender neutral is very important today. It is legal to have differing dress codes
for men and women. However, many people identify outside of those 2 categories. There are 21
states that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Be sure that your policies allow your
employees to express whatever gender they identify with.
Religious belief is also something to keep in mind when enforcing a dress code. Some
people wear head coverings or other body coverings to honor their religion. Keep the ability for
all faiths to have freedom of expression. This may include being lenient about women wearing or
not wearing pants, makeup, and heels.
Grooming standards can also be discriminatory. Telling a woman of color that she cannot
wear her natural hair, or wear a protective covering can get you in trouble. It is a heavy burden
for someone to maintain complicated hairstyles that are not natural to them. Some states are
passing laws against hair discrimination for this reason.
Dress codes should be mindful of people with health problems and disabilities, both short
and long term. Someone who recently underwent surgery may require completely different
clothes or shoes. This allowance isn’t only for their comfort, but also for your compliance with
the law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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