January 2018 Bar Bulletin
By Karen Sutherland
Many years ago, I worked for a business that required compliance with a strict appearance policy. The only jewelry items allowed under the policy were one small metal stud earring in each earlobe and a wrist watch.
There were two reasons for the policy. One reason was the nature of our work, which involved food service in an era where employees were not given disposable gloves. The other reason was the employer’s desire for employees to present a uniform, professional image to the public.
Would a similar appearance policy be permissible today? Only if exceptions were allowed to accommodate religious beliefs and disabilities.