May an employer have different dress codes for different departments?

Author: Shannon C. Johnson

Yes. An employer may require that employees adhere to a certain dress code, and may even have different dress policies for different departments depending on the nature of the work performed by the employees. An employer may create and enforce dress policies, but should be sure that there is a direct correlation between the required dress code and business needs, safety or public image. For example, it is practical to require a professional employee to dress formally and wear suits. However, it is not practical to require a factory employee to dress formally. Further, an employer should make sure that a dress code policy does not unlawfully discriminate and impose a greater burden on one gender than the other.