Dress Code Requirements may Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Dress code requirements, such as prohibiting all tattoos and body piercing, may be seen as religious discrimination under Title VII.   Title VII requires employers with 15 or more employees to “reasonably accommodate employees’ sincerely held religious practices unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.” Many religious practices today include the use of tattoos and body piercing in visible locations. Prohibiting such practices is possible, but such policies should be narrowly drawn in accordance with legitimate business interests.

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