BEGIN:VCALENDAR X-WR-TIMEZONE:US/Eastern DTSTART:20181101T130000 DTEND:20181101T140000 VERSION:2.0 LOCATION:OnlinePRODID:-//Training Doyens //EN METHOD:REQUEST BEGIN:VEVENT UID:20181101T000000-1291325287-example.com DTSTAMP:20181101T000000 DTSTART;TZID="US/Eastern":20181101T130000 DTEND;TZID="US/Eastern":20181101T140000 SUMMARY:Tattoos, Sandals, Yarmulkes, Dress and Appearance: Increasing Legal Challenges for Employees and Employers DESCRIPTION: 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 in the workplace, 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 professional wear 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?  Religious dress, casual wear at work and dress that defies gender stereotypes are the areas that are the most challenging for employers.  These issues and others will be discussed. PRIORITY:3END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR