Policy Title: Standards of Professional Appearance and Work Areas Policy Category: General Policy Owner: Dena Jacquay Printed policies are valid for 24 hours. She initially was told in a meeting with a human resources manager that she had been hired. Create a characteristic profile of a healthcare worker. 0 Emma keeps her workplace clean. It is also worth noting that Washington, D.C., Madison, Wisconsin and Urbana, Illinois have ordinances banning discrimination based on personal appearance. July 17, 2017 Adequate hygiene and professional appearance of employees is important to most employers. Each employee is a valuable representative of the Court and professionalism is reflected both in appearance and actual job performance. They were driven by a concern that refusing to employ someone or deciding to fire someone based on his or her wearing of dreadlocks, braids or twists may disproportionately and adversely affect African American applicants and employees. What if he or she is wearing a purple Mohawk? The Nation's #1 Provider of Court Appearance Attorneys. Leggings are acceptable in place of hosiery when worn with a dress or skirt. b. In building your professional wardrobe, invest in a few classic business-like clothing items that will serve as the basis for your overall style and appearance. She arrived at her job interview dressed in a business suit and wearing her hair in short dreadlocks. Did you know that Washington D.C. broadly bans discrimination based on appearance, and San Francisco bans discrimination based on weight? HAIRPIECES. It appears to be stained, soiled, wrinkled, or mismatched to other clothing. h�ėmo�6ǿ Policy Statement This policy is designed to guide employees on the required standards of dress and appearance. Dreadlocks are formed in a black person’s hair naturally, without any manipulation, or by manual manipulation of hair into larger coils.” It further alleged that the term “dreadlock” originated during the slave trade in the early history of the United States, noting that some slave traders referred to the slaves’ hair as “dreadful.” The EEOC added the following arguments: race “is a social construct and has no biological definition”; “the concept of race is not limited to or defined by immutable physical characteristics”; the “concept of race encompasses cultural characteristics related to race or ethnicity … [including] grooming practices”; and although some non-African American persons “have a hair texture that would allow the hair to lock, dreadlocks are nonetheless a racial characteristic, just as skin color is a racial characteristic.”. Professional appearance for an officer’s personal equipment. Among members of the public and lawyers the… I handle the. %PDF-1.5 %���� Against this backdrop, California recently enacted the CROWN (create a respectful and open workplace for natural hair) Act, becoming the first state to prohibit discrimination against employees based on natural hair and hairstyles associated with race. ... professional appearance and integrity second to none. Many handbooks address standards surrounding hygiene and dress; however, employers may benefit from taking recent case examples into account when setting these standards. Wear business suits in basic colors. See the electronic version for the most current policy. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. White shirts should not be “yellowed”, spotted, stained or no “ring around the collar”. Always be neat and clean including your teeth, fingernails, face, hair and even your shoes. What if a job applicant comes to an interview at a professional services firm exposing a sleeve of tattoos on her arm? Let’s start with how the judiciary has approached applicants’ claims of discrimination based on their wearing of dreadlocks. h�bbd```b``� I handle the full spectrum of employment law issues, with an emphasis on whistleblowing, class actions, wage-and-hour, restrictive covenants and harassment/discrimination/retaliation issues. I have a national practice at Proskauer, and am resident in the firm’s Chicago office. Maintaining certain standards of appearance in the workplace is a necessity in the business world. Dresses and skirts must be professional in appearance and no shorter than two (2) inches above the knee when standing. But the California legislation, the New York City guidance and the New Jersey guidance that prohibit discrimination on account of hairstyles is based on the notion that hairstyles are a proxy for race, and discrimination targeting hairstyles associated with race is racial discrimination. Clothing must be clean, pressed, and businesslike, to present a professional appearance appropriate to the employee's job and work duties and allows a patient or visitor to easily identify an employee. 1. The moment was captured on video and sparked viral outrage on social media.”. Unfortunately, many do not perceive that achieving justice is the function of law in society today. At the time, the company had a race-neutral grooming policy stating: “All personnel are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner than projects a professional and businesslike image while adhering to company and industry standards and/or guidelines. Professional Appearance Standards Promotional Process Policy Provisional and Temporary Appointment Policy Open Records Request Policy Public Safety Communications Civilian Higher-Level Assignment Pay Policy Regular Part-time Employees Policy Relocation Expense Policy Right to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace Policy Safety Policy Give your financial institution a million-dollar clean with our cleaning services to help ensure a crisp, professional appearance for your facility. Does an employer need to set out clearly defined guidelines for employees to follow or can an employer just hope employees will use what it perceives as a shared notion of common sense? Mascara may be worn only in shades of black or brown. Professional Appearance Standards The Court is committed to excellence in the delivery of services to our customers. In the interest of safety and maintaining a professional appearance please adhere to the following: A critical issue arises where the applicant can show that the style or body art is tied to a legally protected characteristic. Professional Standards Unit The Professional Standards Unit plays several critical roles within the overall department mission. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Customers demand a certain level of professionalism, and managers expect subordinates to present themselves in a professional manner. 469 0 obj <>stream Recognize the implications of first impressions. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. You may opt-out by. Demonstrate the standards of professional appearance as they apply to uniforms, clothing, shoes, nails, hair, jewelry and make-up. The Purpose of Personal Appearance Policies Nearly all employers have business cases for their written policies regarding dress, grooming and hygiene. But, unlike Vegas, what happens in California doesn’t stay in California; legislative initiatives that originate in the California legislature like the CROWN Act have a tendency to make their way around the country. "j@$�Z�f/���3 �5�>Lփŋ��`���$�t�$�=�a`bd`����HW�?��[� g0B The Eleventh Circuit disagreed with the EEOC. I defend employment litigation around the country. These are real issues facing employers around the country, and the California Legislature, New York City and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights just upped the ante by prohibiting employment decisions based on the last category—certain hairstyles. There’s an overwhelming consensus that professionalism is an important basis upon which applicants and employees should be evaluated. For example, as noted in an article in Vox, in December of 2018, “a referee forced a New Jersey high-school athlete to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a wrestling match. The court went on to note that although dreadlocks are a natural outgrowth of the texture of African American hair, that does not make them an immutable characteristic of race. Or a lip piercing? .Wigs or hairpieces shall be of good quality and fit, present a natural appearance and … 2. I have been practicing labor and employment law for over two decades. And what if he or she is wearing dreadlocks? We take pride in the work that we do and in our professionalism in doing it. Another question: on what basis do standards of professional appearance vary? Can this form the basis of a decision not to hire the applicant? With a focus on preventing “anti-Black racism,” the guidance affords individuals the right to wear their “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locks, cornrows, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros and/or the right to keep their hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”, And the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights recently issued similar guidance, indicating that it interprets the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination’s prohibition on race discrimination to encompass “discrimination that is ostensibly based on hairstyles that are inextricably intertwined with or closely related with race.”. {�a@| � �4� This topic raises many questions. Criteria: The trainee shall be tested on the following: 1.1.1. endstream endobj 433 0 obj <>/Metadata 42 0 R/Pages 430 0 R/StructTreeRoot 52 0 R/Type/Catalog>> endobj 434 0 obj <>/MediaBox[0 0 612 792]/Parent 430 0 R/Resources<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Tabs/S/Type/Page>> endobj 435 0 obj <>stream Pre-Test. But thereafter, the manager asked her whether she had her hair in dreadlocks, and when the applicant said “yes,” the manager told her the company could not hire her “with the dreadlocks.” When asked what the problem was, the manager said “they tend to get messy, although I’m not saying yours are, but you know what I’m talking about.” When the applicant said she would not cut her hair, she was told the company would not hire her. There are many aspects of grooming and personal hygiene including hair, nails, breath, body odor and clothing. When in doubt, err on the conservative side. These Professional Appearance Standards are established to encourage public confidence and respect, to instill a degree of personal disciplineamong members, to facilitate easy recognition of officers in the field, and to promote officer safety and performance. 448 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<1ADE0668DE327B4F9324DA834B8337BB><62118496E50B974890BC367CF58D43D0>]/Index[432 38]/Info 431 0 R/Length 90/Prev 675590/Root 433 0 R/Size 470/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream A professional appearance is encouraged and excessive makeup is unprofessional. Whatever role you play in our organization, your appearance is critical in the way you represent the professionalism of your career. One oft-cited decision came out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016: EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions. Commitment to Excellence. 1.1.2. California, Government, Real Estate, Appraisal, Appraiser, USPAP, real property valuation Eyeliner and eye shadow should be in neutral, natural tones to compliment the eye and should not extend beyond the natural eye area. Applicable to All Sworn Members. Foundation should match your skin tone and blush should be used only to create a healthy glow. Appearance. Indeed, employers are always vying for top talent, and super-strict professional appearance policies may close the door to potential stars and have implications for a company’s culture, which could lead to attrition or make the company less attractive to potential candidates. Or is that just wishful thinking in the face of a subjective and amorphous concept? endstream endobj startxref Jessica has a good sense of … Saul abides by the company’s dress code and grooming standards. Our patients, families, co-workers and visitors know that we care about them by taking pride in our dress and appearance. Printed - 6/28/2018 18:57 Page 3 of 9 Nutrition Services Continue to wear black and white Biomed, Facilities, Grounds Whether you are a solo practitioner with a last minute conflict or a large corporation with multiple hearings on calendar, ... CAP’s high standards of excellence place us ahead of our competitors by ensuring that our clients achieve their desired outcome. No excessive hairstyles or unusual colors are acceptable[. Su suggests something like, “I want to give you feedback on your overall presence and make sure that your appearance is aligned with the high-quality professional work that you do.” Professional Appearance in the Workplace. How about the industry or nature of the organization—e.g., non-profit or philanthropic versus legal, accounting and medical? All personnel maintain personal appearance standards that are consistent with the professional image of a health care institution, and all infection control, legal, and safety requirements. %%EOF The legislation defines “race” as being inclusive of “traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles.” “Protective hairstyles” includes such hairstyles as “braids, locks and twists.”, New York City also recently issued similar guidance prohibiting hairstyle discrimination. These Professional Appearance Standards are established to encourage public confidence and respect, to instill a degree of personal discipline among uniformed and non-uniformed members, to facilitate easy recognition of police and security officers in the field, and to promote officer safety and professional performance of all agency members. While you’d expect the answer to be a universal “yes,” the California CROWN Act is prefaced by a finding and declaration by the California Legislature that “[p]rofessionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional.”. Employees must maintain an appropriate standard of dress and personal appearance at work and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times both within the workplace and when representing the Company. �&� �!\1���k�$����f Q�!$�� ,�C�� E$� �@gC$W���DJ��0 �w���%���M�����������-?=��8����{L�[Wu�7t�.V-��N�;;�� Q���˅��W��YW���I�Z;��'W,�jE����}�0\�y�6���)p ��)�]���C�B�����)‰��R��6����� ь����Vb�l�y�s����]�tK�1?- #)P�=�.�� FЊ{��i���{�.�?��g�qM��/�}ˑ�ux�{Pz_�ֈ�)�IՖ��Ӳi�� �>��u��5�T. Again, let’s be realistic: employers have a practical need to ensure their employees maintain a professional appearance in the workplace, as consumers expect their providers to present themselves according to certain standards and employers fear that they’ll take their business elsewhere if those standards aren’t met. f�1(���E�Á�A���5�I�h�@Ye���@��Av3�i�3� ���$v� 60F00f2L�:U��K�H=!�.? •Uniforms must be worn upon entering a client’s operations. As a part of the new service excellence plan being implemented at The Ottawa Hospital, a new dress code policy has been introduced which prevents nursing staff from wearing any scrub uniforms which have the depiction of cartoon characters or patterns on them (Appendix). I have a national practice at Proskauer, and am resident in the firm’s Chicago office. I regularly conduct investigations, reporting to boards of directors and their audit committees. Professionalism shows respect for the workplace, the work itself and the company’s brand. Attachment A: Professional Appearance Appeals Request POLICY: All personnel shall present themselves in a neat and professional appearance while on-duty or at Fire Rescue sponsored events while wearing a uniform. There, an African American individual applied to work as a customer service representative at a Mobile, Alabama-based company. Here’s where the rubber hits the road. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation BrandVoice, forced a New Jersey high-school athlete to cut his dreadlocks, CROWN (create a respectful and open workplace for natural hair) Act. But while many professionals welcome the transition to casual, others are more wary of the change. What about the demographics of the applicant pool and workforce? Multiple incidents involving alleged discriminatory treatment of individuals based on hairstyles recently have arisen in several contexts. Professional Appearance Standards Volunteers are representatives of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Immediate supervisors are responsible for assuring their personnel conform to the professional appearance standards of Fire Rescue. To begin, what is professionalism and what does an employee need to do to maintain a professional appearance? Business Offices. But let’s be mindful of the fact that professionalism, and “professional appearance” in … Ronald always wears a suit and a necktie. Do norms for Portland employers vary from those based in Boston? • Slacks must be worn at the waist with a maximum of a “medium” break at the cuff. The EEOC asserted that dreadlocks are “a manner of wearing hair that is common for black people and suitable for black hair texture.