“Professional dress” is a term we’re all familiar with at work. Most companies reinforce the concept through the company dress code.
The code is not all esthetics-based; companies also enforce dress codes for business reasons such as maintaining the organization’s public image, promoting a productive work environment, or complying with health and safety standards common in manufacturing and health-care venues.
Companies have broad authority to require their employees to dress a certain way, as long as the policy is enforced equally and makes reasonable accommodations for religious expression. (Headscarves for women and beards for men, for example.) Courts have also upheld companies’ rights to have separate rules for men and women such as requiring men to cut long hair.CONTINUE READING ON JACKSONVILLE.COM