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More than a matter of style: Grooming rules can differ based on sex

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If you have a dress and grooming policy that sets out different rules for men and women, you aren’t necessarily setting yourself up for a sex discrimination lawsuit.

You can have different rules based on gender as long as you enforce those rules even-handedly. For example, if you don’t discipline women who wear hairstyles prohibited by the female grooming policy but do discipline men who violate the male grooming policy, you may be discriminating on the basis of sex.

Recent case: Wayne, who is black, worked for many years as a Greyhound Bus driver. After a decade on the job, Wayne began wearing his hair in dreadlocks.

Three years later, a supervisor gave him a copy of the company grooming rules, which did not prohibit dreadlocks altogether. Instead, the rule said that for male employees, hair “should be neatly combed and trimmed, cut and tapered so it does not extend beyond or cover any part of ears and does not stick out ov...(register to read more)

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