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Telebriefs®: Are Employers Allowed to Prohibit Tattoos and Body Piercings in the Workplace?

It itattoos certainly well accepted in our society that people in their private lives have the right to adorn their bodies with tattoos and body piercings, but such rights are indeed limited in the workplace. Tattoos and body piercings that are purely a personal preference unconnected with any sort of religious practice or belief may appropriately be forbidden by an employer so long as that employer does not discriminatorily enforce its dress/grooming policy (such as permitting Caucasian employees to exhibit them while forbidding African-American employees from doing so). Employers may permissibly ban such tattoos and body piercings to promote a certain work image, or conversely to prohibit any body exhibition that promotes violence or a hostile work environment. To learn more about this timely issue and how it may manifest itself in the workplace, tune in to this week’s Labor and Employment Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Labor and Employment Telebrief: Fox News’ apology regarding sexual harassment claims against Roger Ailes, the EEOC’s final guidance on workplace retaliation, and whether obesity qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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Howard Kurman websiteHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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