May an employer have dress code requirements that prohibit all tattoos and piercings?

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, prohibit employees from revealing and/or exhibiting their tattoos and piercings. However, an employer should be careful about discrimination claims, and an employer may need to make reasonable accommodations based upon an employee's religion or national origin if such an accommodation does not cause the employer undue hardship or jeopardize the employee's health and safety. All dress code requirements and appearance and grooming policies should be clearly outlined in the employee handbook and enforced uniformly.