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Dress Codes In The Workplace: Are They Discriminatory

Many employers have adopted dress codes in the workplace that contain restrictions on a number of commonly seen “trends” that are prevalent among young employees. In particular, there is a rise in the number of employers who...more

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party “Unmask” Racial Insensitivity

Employers may view Halloween celebrations at work as a no-brainer: Annual October office parties are often great boosts to employee morale, encouraging community, healthy competition, and team-building as participants eat,...more

Trick or Treat: Can Employers Face Liability for Celebrating Halloween in the Workplace?

Halloween celebrations in the workplace can be a treat for employees but the trick is in the employer’s execution. Costumes present a particularly tricky issue because well-intentioned “creativity” can quickly deteriorate...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review EEOC Suit Against Abercrombie Based on Rejection of Applicant With Headscarf

At the opening of its new term last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s appeal of a lower court decision dismissing a Title VII claim against the Abercrombie clothing...more

Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Case Heading To Supreme Court

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it will decide whether Abercrombie & Fitch’s refusal to hire a woman wearing a Muslim hijab (that they said conflicted with their dress code), constituted religious discrimination....more

Supreme Court To Decide Religious Accommodation Case

Last year, we reported on a decision from a federal judge in San Francisco granting summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a case brought on behalf of a former Abercrombie & Fitch employee...more

ACAS Guidance on Dress Codes

ACAS has recently published guidance for employers based in Great Britain on dress codes. This Dechert OnPoint outlines the key issues raised by the ACAS Guidance that employers should bear in mind when drafting or updating a...more

A Dressing Down – Dress Codes in the Modern Workplace?

According to research cited by the British Association of Dermatologists, one in five Britons now has a tattoo. Amongst US 30 somethings, the estimate rises to about two in five, with facial piercings being almost as common...more

Student Forced To Wear “Shame Suit” After Violating School Dress Code

Another school year has begun and it seems like the debate over school dress codes shows no indication of stopping. The most recent dress code controversy to grab national attention involves fifteen-year-old Miranda...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Can Your Employee Wear That to Work? EEOC Updated Guidelines [Video]

You're an employer with a successful business that caters to the public. One day an employee walks in with attire that is making the rest of your employees uncomfortable. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has...more

Button Bans – Be Careful

Employers often implement dress code policies and practices which prohibit employees from wearing all types of buttons or insignia in the workplace. These kinds of policies may be put in place for customer relations,...more

What An Interesting Nose Ring – Now Take It Out

Many retailers consider the professional appearance of their staff to be a significant aspect of their customers’ shopping experience. Unkempt, unclean, and unfriendly employees create negative impressions that injure the...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has recently issued an informal guidance on the issue of religious dress and grooming. The guidance comes in wake of several suits accusing employers of religious...more

EEOC Posts Technical Assistance On Religious Dress And Grooming In The Workplace

Religious discrimination charges filed with the EEOC have increased over the years, rising to 3,721 private sector discrimination charges in fiscal year 2013. An EEOC religious discrimination charge resulted in the United...more

Roll Out the Red Carpet: What Employers Need To Know About Dress Code Policies To Avoid Being Nominated for a Lawsuit

The Oscars are synonymous with fashion with viewers critically evaluating red carpet looks to determine their picks for the best-dressed list. But what happens when employers turn that critical eye to the slightly less...more

Once In Violation, Always In Violation

I loved the holiday season. But if I could look back and point to one part of the 2013 holidays that really bothered me, it is this: the incessant Michael Bolton appearances in those Honda commercials. Every two seconds,...more

EEOC Sues Insurance Company Over Hair Policy

An Alabama insurance company is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly discriminating against black job applicants. The EEOC alleges that the insurance company's grooming policy...more

Mobile Catastrophic Insurance Claims Company Sued by EEOC for Race Discrimination over Hair Policy

Catastrophe Management Solutions' Policy Prohibiting Dreadlocks Violates Federal Race Bias Law, Federal Agency Charges - MOBILE, Ala. - Catastrophe Management Solutions, a Mobile catastrophic insurance claims...more

EEOC Sues Scottish Food Systems / Laurinburg KFC Take Home for Religious Discrimination

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charges - LAURINBURG, NC - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc., two North Carolina...more

New Jersey Casino’s Waitress Appearance Policy Not Discriminatory

A trial court judge recently held that Borgata Casino’s “Borgata Babes” program—its employment of scantily-clad, attractive casino servers who were required to watch their weight—did not run afoul of the New Jersey Law...more

District Court Finds Boys’ Basketball Haircut Policy Does Not Constitute Discrimination Or Infringe Student Rights

In Hayden v. Greensburg Community School Corporation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found that a school’s haircut policy for the boys’ basketball team did not constitute gender discrimination,...more

Transgender Youth Barred From Girls’ Restroom

Coy Mathis, born a male, has identified as a female since the age of 18 months. Now at six-years old she must confront issues that far exceed the normal trials and tribulations of the first grade classroom. Coy has dressed in...more

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets And The First Amendment – Revisited

In February 2012 we discussed the turmoil that had erupted at schools across the country as students donned breast cancer awareness bracelets with the slogan “I (Heart) Boobies”. The bracelets were quickly banned after school...more

Employment Law Blog: Happy Valentine's Day - Maybe!

As the holiday approaches, romantically inclined employees look forward to lovely deliveries and declarations that appear in the workplace. Employers desiring fewer holiday and post-holiday complaints may want to do some...more

European Court of Human Rights Supports the Right to Wear a Cross at Work

Court provides clarity for UK employers on wearing religious symbols in the workplace, but difficulties in balancing issues of religion and sexuality remain....more

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