Live webinar "Tattoos, Sandals, Yarmulkes, Dress and Appearance: Increasing Legal Challenges for Employees and Employers"

01:00 PM EST | 10:00 AM PST | 12:00 PM CST Duration 60 Minutes

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This webinar will discuss the laws pertaining to dress code at workplace and how to implement discrimination free dress code.


This webinar training will explain the role of HR professionals and managers in implementing discrimination-free dress code to ensure all job candidates and employees are treated fairly and equitably. Dress codes are receiving a fair amount of attention in the courts these days with number of precedent setting lawsuits dealing with dress codes’ requirements. The instructor will explain how your current dress code can discriminate against potential and current employees based on their gender, religion, and race, to name a few and lead to lawsuits.

Why Should You Attend:

From the length of one’s hair, to the number and location of visible tattoos, to recognizing gender non-conformity style, to creating a summer dress code, employers are facing an increased need to determine their organization’s culture and policies, as well as following federal and state laws. How does an organization balance employees’ rights to express themselves with the organization’s rights to determine its legitimate business needs while maintaining an inclusive work environment? The pitfalls for employers are many.

More businesses are likely to face these issues especially now that research is confirming these types of biases exist broadly across U. S. workplaces. The potential for organizational errors are plentiful. Organizations expect employees to use sound judgment in their dress and grooming, however, what if the employee’s sense of dress and grooming varies from the organizations? After all, types of self-expression have become more commonplace with society demonstrating more acceptances in people’s choices of self-expression—shouldn’t the workplace reflect this change in social rules too?

This webinar will discuss the laws pertaining to dress code at workplace and how to implement discrimination free dress code.

Learning Objectives:

•      To discuss legal issues surrounding Dress and Appearance in the workplace
•      To list specific elements of a Dress and Appearance policy
•      To explore the role of unconscious bias and stereotypes play in discrimination through dress codes
•      To identify prevention tactics to ensure employees are judged by their performance and not on stereotypes

Areas Covered

•      Guidelines by the EEOC regarding dress at work
•      Body art
•      International dress
•      National Labor Review Board’s take on dress
•      What should be considered in writing your dress code.

Who will Benefit

•      Managers
•      Directors
•      Human Resources Generalists
•      Supervisors
•      Office Managers
•      Owners
•      Presidents
•      HR Personnel

Industries who can attend

This 60-minute online course is intended for professionals in the all Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft , the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel

Speaker Profile

Dr. Susan Strauss RN Ed.D.

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. Her specialty areas include education and workplace harassment, discrimination and bullying; organizational development, and management/leadership development. Her clients are from healthcare, education, business, law, and government organizations in both the public and private sectors. Susan conducts discrimination and bullying investigations, works as an expert witness for education and workplace harassment and bullying lawsuits, and coaches managers and employees that need assistance in identifying and remedying misconduct.

Susan has authored over 30 books, book chapters and articles, and she has been featured on 20/20CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs, as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles. She holds a doctorate in organizational leadership.

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