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A Hairy Situation: Can You Fire Employees for Their Unkempt Facial Hair?

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Do you have employees who look like they just crawled out of a suitcase? Maybe they need a closer shave or to run an iron on their clothes. One court recently addressed this question: If an employee is fired for ignoring his boss’ demands to get a shave, does that count as “misconduct” that disqualifies him from unemployment benefits? …

Case In Point: Craig Berg, a salesman for a Harley Davidson store in Minnesota, was warned by his supervisor at least 10 times about his need to look more professional at work. The boss told Berg, “If you want to grow a beard—grow a beard. If you don’t then shave … I don’t want the, ‘I’m just not going to shave until every third or fourth day’ look.”

Berg was apparently as unreliable with his iron as he was with his razor, frequently appearing in rumpled clothes. He was also no slave to the timepiece, often showing up late.

On one occasion, Berg came to work uns...(register to read more)

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