Enforcing Uniform Dress and Appearance Standards: How Far Can an Employer Go and What the Courts and Regulators Are Saying

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CD Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Theresa M. Gallion, attorney at law
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CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? HR, training, in-house counsel, supervisors and managers

Employers normally adopt an employee dress and appearance policy, which represents an important first step in trying to manage uniform dress and appearance standards in the workplace, but only a first step. The next step requires the employer to enforce these standards, and when it comes to dress and appearance, employers must overcome a number of significant challenges. To begin with, there are the constantly changing norms regarding what is acceptable work attire and appearance, and the related blurring distinction between acceptable work and after work dress and appearance. But beyond this there are the regulators and courts that also have an opinion employers can’t disregard—your employees certainly won’t if you question their dress or appearance. Please join Theresa M. Gallion, attorney at law, as she discusses the latest in employee grooming and attire dress standards, featuring numerous “hot button” issues currently pending before the courts, including the Abercrombie & Fitch hijab case. In addition, Ms. Gallion will offer practical guidance for enforcing your uniform dress codes while not running afoul of the courts and regulators.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Review the Abercrombie & Fitch hijab Supreme Court case and the practical significance for employers
  • Discuss how religious accommodation in the workplace and enforcing uniform dress codes can be related, including recent cases and situations where employees sought reasonable accommodation for beards/facial hair, head scarves and coverings, and other exemptions from employers’ uniform or dress codes
  • Understand common problems presented by tattoos, ear gauges, and unusual appearance and how far an employer can go in regulating look and appearance
  • Consider how to deal with the always delicate and difficult issues of obesity, body odor, and focus on whether the EEOC’s 2009 regulations under the ADA make morbid obesity a qualified disability and require an exception from uniform dress codes
  • Discuss gender discrimination issues in regulating male and female appearance in the workplace, with discussion of the now infamous Hooters case


Your conference leader for “Enforcing Uniform Dress and Appearance Standards: How Far Can an Employer Go and What the Courts and Regulators Are Saying” is Theresa M. Gallion, attorney at law. Ms. Gallion is a partner in the Tampa, Florida office of Fisher and Phillips LLP, and the founding partner of the Tampa and Orlando offices. During her more than 30 years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, she has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on colleges and universities, hospitality, healthcare, telecommunications, and retail. A substantial portion of her practice is devoted to management training on such topics as equal employment opportunity, diversity, and management skills. Ms. Gallion is also a sought-after speaker on a range of topics including transgender accommodation in the workplace. She is one of Fisher and Phillips LLP’s most experienced trial lawyers, having successfully tried over 40 jury trials in employment cases. Theresa specializes in complex and collective actions. Theresa is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007. She has also been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2004 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. Ms. Gallion received her JD degree from Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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