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APR-MAY 2018

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Get Informed Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws ACCORDING TO THE United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Since this applies to every aspect of employment, dress codes are covered and can- not be discriminatory or place an undue burden on workers because of any of those factors. Here are some examples of illegal workplace appearance requirements: • Shaving: Requiring employees to be clean-shaven may discriminate against employees with skin conditions or employees whose religious beliefs require beards. • Hair length: Requiring men to have short hair might discriminate against employees whose religious beliefs prohibit cutting hair. • Policies that impose heavier requirements on one gender: As long as a dress or grooming code doesn't impose heavi- er requirements on one gender than another, it is likely legal. However, an employer that required employees of only one gender to wear uniforms or follow a dress code would be violating the law. • Policies that are diffi cult for employees with particular disabilities to follow: It's legal for an employer to require all employees, including those with disabilities, to wear a uniform or follow a dress code. However, an employee whose disability prevents compliance may require a rea- sonable accommodation. As you can see, you shouldn't stop at federal law—use the guidelines in this article to take your workplace even further. An inclusive workplace is a productive one, and the less em- ployees deal with uncomfortable or discriminatory policy, the more employers profi t from increased morale, retention, and productivity. —RJ Joseph e s s de de al al w it it h h un un co co mf mf or or ta ta bl bl e e or or d is is cr cr im im in in at at or or y y po po li li i cy cy , e mp mp lo lo ye ye rs rs p p ro ro fi fi t t fr fr om om m i i nc nc re re as as ed ed m or or al al e, e, r et et en en ti ti on on , , uc uc ti ti vi vi ty ty . —R —R J J Jo Jo MIX SMART BREWING 3 TEMPERATURES 3 VOLUMES ON DEMAND VISIT US AT THE SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO - BOOTH 436 111

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