Today we’re examining the topic of Dress Codes within the workplace. There are several aspects to a company implementing a dress code policy. It could be for safety reasons, hygiene reasons, or for a company to limit their liability for discrimination or harassment litigation.
There are specific state and federal laws that may impact your specific job duties or industry, usually centered around hazards and safety. Though any dress code polity within a company must balance the employer’s needs, and well as the employee’s needs. For a company to specifically implement a dress code, they must show a legitimate business purpose for the policy.
Along with safety, hygiene policies are necessary especially for positions within the food service or handling industries. Companies can also implement a standardized dress code for legitimate business presentation concerns. The key here is, any dress code policy must have a legitimate purpose within that business or company.
Now, employers can impose reasonable policies such as grooming standards or professional dress standards as long as the policy does not exclude one gender or impose an unreasonable burden. For example, men could be required to wear ties, while this dress code standard could not apply to women. This is considered reasonable. Dress codes are there to provide a company with the ability to project a specific professional image or to maintain a level of safety or hygiene standards.
Dress code requirements cannot impose an unreasonable burden or fall into the category of discrimination. All dress code policies must show a legitimate purpose or maybe required to abide by state or federal law.