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Can your boss really tell you what to wear?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Employee Rights |

You come to work, and your boss doesn’t appreciate how you’re dressed. They tell you that you have to wear something else, perhaps outlining what type of outfit you should have the following day.

You feel like this is a violation of your rights. Can your boss actually tell you that you have to dress differently?

Is there a dress code?

First off, you need to consider whether or not there is a dress code or uniform policy at work. If there is a code, then you do have to follow it, and your boss can reprimand you for not doing so. They can tell you to wear something other than what you chose because you violated that dress code. This is not a violation of your rights.

Is that dress code fair?

The next thing to ask, though, is whether or not that dress code is fair to all employees. Does everyone else have to follow it? Your boss certainly cannot allow everyone to wear anything they want and give only you a dress code. That would be discrimination.

They also can’t set up a dress code that inherently discriminates against certain people. For example, the dress code can’t simply be designed to eliminate the wearing of certain religious attire. That would be a type of religious discrimination.

So, dress codes certainly are legal and can be enforced, but there are still a lot of things you want to consider and a lot of ways that your rights may be violated. If you believe this has happened to you, take the time to look into your legal options.