Is Lookism Illegal? Appearance Discrimination at Work
1 hour 30 minutes
Understand what an employer may lawfully require regarding employees’ appearance.
More and more frequently, the argument is made that there should be a law against “lookism,” or appearance discrimination, in the workplace. This live webinar will explore whether appearance discrimination is a significant problem, which laws already address it, and how a specific law might be written to outlaw it. This program will assist managers and human resources professionals understand what an employer may lawfully require regarding an employee’s appearance. We will discuss dress codes, grooming requirements, prohibitions against visible piercings and tattoos, the accommodations of beards and religious dress, and how to avoid hiring discrimination claims based on appearance.
• You will be able to define “lookism”.
• You will be able to describe how “lookism” can impact the workplace and employment decisions.
• You will be able to discuss the varying aspects of “lookism” which can lead to discrimination claims.
• You will be able to explain the difference between hygiene, grooming and other legitimate concerns and “lookism”.