May an employer have a policy that requires male employees to keep their hair short?
Author: William Denham, Shortt & Nguyen, PC
Yes. An employer may adopt appearance and grooming policies that, for reasons of health or safety or for a desired public image, require male employees to keep their hair short. However, an employer must be careful that a dress code does not impose a greater burden on one gender than the other. Further, an employer should be careful about discrimination and sex stereotyping claims. An employer may need to make reasonable accommodations based upon an employee's religion, national origin or disability under federal law, or sexual orientation or gender identity under state law. All dress code requirements and appearance and grooming policies should be clearly outlined in the employee handbook.