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Tattoos, Sandals, Yarmulkes, Dress and Appearance: Increasing Legal Challenges for Employees and Employers ?

Susan is Keynote Speaker at Ijona Skills. She has worked as a registered nurse (RN) in a variety of nursing specialties. She has also been the director of healthcare quality improvement, director of education and development, and held other healthcare leadership roles. One of Dr. Strauss's areas of expertise is with bullying and harassment in healthcare- working as an expert witness for lawsuits, training, and conducting investigations. She researched physician abuse to RNs in the OR to determine if the abuse varied based on the gender of the nurse. Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 books, book........

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Overview

From the length of one's hair, to the number and location of visible tattoos, to recognizing gender non-conformity style, to creating a summer dress code, employers are facing an increased need to determine their organization's culture and policies, as well as following federal and state laws. How does an organization balance employee's rights to express themselves with the organization's rights to determine its legitimate business needs while maintaining an inclusive work environment? The pitfalls for employers are many. More businesses are likely to face these issues especially now that research is confirming these types of biases exist broadly across U. S. workplaces. The potential for organizational errors are plentiful. Organizations expect employees to use sound judgment in their dress and grooming, however, what if the employee's sense of dress and grooming varies from the organizations? After all, types of self-expression have become more commonplace with society demonstrating more acceptances in people's choices of self-expression- shouldn't the workplace reflect this change in social rules too? Religious dress and dress that defies gender stereotypes are the two areas that are the most challenging for employers. These issues and others will be discussed.

Why should you attend?

Dress codes are receiving a fair amount of attention in the courts these days. There have been a number of precedent setting lawsuits dealing with dress codes' requirements and how those requirements, even inadvertently, discriminate against potential and current employees based on their gender, religion, and race, to name a few. It is critical that human resources professionals and managers understand the importance of a discriminatory free dress code to ensure all job candidates and employees are treated fairly and equitably.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  1. To discuss legal issues surrounding Dress and Appearance in the workplace
  2. To list specific elements of a Dress and Appearance policy
  3. To explore the role of unconscious bias and stereotypes play in discrimination through dress codes
  4. To identify prevention tactics to ensure employees are judged by their performance and not on stereotypes

Who can Benefit:

  • Guidelines by the EEOC regarding dress at work
  • Body art
  • International dress
  • National Labor Review Board's take on dress
  • What should be considered in writing your dress code
  • Religious dress
  • Sex stereotyping dress
  • Tattoos 
  • Political dress

Webinar Id: ISDSS0012

Duration: 60 mins

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