The Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) may have opened a can of… hairspray… by tackling a matter of personal grooming.
In its eNewsletter’s “question of the month,” the alliance answered a question about whether an employer can ask employees not to wear a “man bun.” At root is the question of whether the ubiquitous bun reflects poorly on a repair shop.
The alliance suggests that while an employer may enforce a reasonable dress code which includes grooming rules, it must be uniform for both genders.
“With respect to long hair, an outright prohibition against men wearing it in a bun may be problematic, because a policy that is so gender-specific,” the alliance advises. “A policy that permits women to put their hair in a bun but prevents the same for men exposes the employer to potential liability for gender discrimination and other claims, and is not recommended.”
Instead of banning the man bun, the alliance suggests a dress code or grooming standard that asks employees to maintain a neat, clean hair style.
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