Managing The Conflict Between Dress Policy And Personal Beliefs At Work

By: Matt Crumble

One of the most contentious areas of workplace policy is the conflict that can arise between a company's appearance policy and the personal or religious beliefs of employees. While employers often desire a relatively strict policy to ensure that staff members are professionally and appropriately dressed, employees may display offense if they feel that their capacity for self-expression is being limited. Furthermore, an appearance policy that too stringently constrains religious expression could lead to charges of religious discrimination being brought against a company.

But what are the basic legal guidelines surrounding the conflict between appearance policy