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Religious Dress and Grooming in Workplace



Employment Law News Flash…

On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and responsibilities regarding religious dress and grooming in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The publications, which offer practical guidance and advice on applicable law, can be found at the links below:

http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/qa_religious_garb_grooming.cfm
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs_religious_garb_grooming.cfm

**Please note that employers covered under Title VII must make exceptions to their usual dress code rules or preferences to permit applicants and employees to follow religiously-mandated dress and grooming practices unless it would pose an undue hardship to the operation of an employer's business.  When an exception is made to the employer’s dress code and grooming policies as a religious accommodation, the employer may still refuse to allow exceptions sought by other employees for secular reasons.

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