Frank's boss asked him to quit wearing his earring to work. Frank refused, arguing that women in the office were allowed to wear earrings. He was fired and then sued for sex discrimination. (Kleinsorge v. Eyeland Corp., No. 99-5025, E.D. Pa., 2000)
Brian and his buddies at work protested Blockbuster's new grooming policy that prohibited men, but not women, from having long hair. They refused to cut their locks, so Blockbuster cut 'em loose. They also sued. (Harper v. Blockbuster, No. 97-4364, 11th Cir., 1998)
The result of both cases: wins for the employer. That's because courts have set a clear rule on grooming policies: You can establish different grooming and dress requirements for men and women as long as your rules are enforced evenly.
As the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has noted, "minor differences in personal appearance regulations that reflect customary modes of grooming do not constitute sex discr...(register to read more)
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