March 21st, 2005 by Bob Bly
Do employers have the right to tell employees how to dress?
I?m not clear on whether employment laws say they do. But I think they should ? and now the city of Cheyenne apparently agrees with me.
Cheyenne?s municipal government is considering a ban on restaurant workers wearing nose rings, tongue rings, and other facial jewelry.
Reason: the Cheyenne Department of Health has had several cases of restaurant customers finding tongue rings in their food (though not yet in a tongue sandwich).
But even if a foolproof method could be found for preventing tongue rings from falling out, I think they should be banned in restaurants and most other professional workplaces.
Here?s my logic: your employer is paying you not just to perform a specific job function, but for your total contribution to her business.
Part of that contribution is the impression you make on customers. When you dress too casually or outrageously, that impression is negative ? and the business that pays your salary suffers.
Yes, I am a cranky curmudgeon. But I?m betting that you will agree with my on this one. Yes?
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