May an employer ban jewelry from the workplace?

Author: William Denham, Shortt & Nguyen, PC

Yes. An employer may adopt a dress code that, for reasons of health or safety or for a desired public image, bans jewelry from the workplace. An employer may forbid employees from wearing or revealing items that would detract from the employer's clean, neat and professional public persona or image. However, an employer should be careful about discrimination claims, and an employer may need to make reasonable accommodations based upon an employee's religion, national origin or disability. For example, an employer may need to reasonably accommodate an employee's need to wear a medical alert bracelet or an employee's request to wear a crucifix if it does not cause the employer undue hardship or jeopardize the employee's health and safety. All dress code requirements should be clearly outlined in the employee handbook.