What to Consider Regarding Workplace Dress Codes


What to Consider Regarding Workplace Dress Code

Most businesses throughout the Rocklin and Sacramento areas have some type of dress code. It may be professional, business casual, or casual, but there is usually some sort of guideline that employees must follow. There are many good reasons for establishing and enforcing a dress code in your workplace. There are also quite a few things that you need to consider before you establish one, or if it is time to reevaluate the one you currently have.

Having a dress code in place can help your workplace avoid drama, as well as gossip, sexual harassment, and distractions. Whether you have a dress code in place that you need to evaluate or you need to establish one, here are some things you should consider:

  • Race. A dress code should not include any type of discriminatory restrictions that involve race. This should be taken into account when establishing any type of dress code. It should not involve anything that would be difficult for a particular race to follow, or that is based on having people of different races dress differently.
  • Religion. Some people dress certain ways because of their religious affiliations. This goes for both dress and how they may take care of their grooming, such as there being restrictions on shaving their facial hair. Keep these in mind and avoid creating rules that go against dress styles that are a part of a religious affiliation.
  • Disabilities. This is important to keep in mind if you have someone working for you that may not be able to dress a particular way. Some disabilities keep people from wearing certain things, and this should be taken into account.
  • Gender. Men and women do tend to have some differences when it comes to dress codes and the way they dress. You do have some leeway when it comes to creating dress codes for the different genders, as long as it is nothing out of the norm.

There are many issues that employers wonder about when it comes to creating and maintaining a dress code in the workplace. Issues such as tattoos, piercings, and even hair styles can become an issue or source of confusion. Businesses in the Rocklin and Sacramento areas that need clarification and advice on dress codes in the workplace should contact an attorney. It is better to get your dress code right from the start, rather than face a possible problem with it later on!


The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors’ rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at tgilbeau@gilbeaulaw.com. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/

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