Jump to Navigation

Enforcing employee dress codes

In many companies in Houston, employers may believe that it is important to “look professional” while conducting business. However, that phrase has different meanings to different people, so it has the potential to be a factor in employee dissatisfaction and even litigation if an issue arises. According to the Houston Chronicle, employers are able to set limits on the way that workers dress, but there are exceptions that federal employment law has acknowledged, and which must be honored.

Employees are protected from discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity and disability, and before developing a policy that defines the dress code, employers should explore the ways that any given rule may affect people in these classes. Cultural apparel and religious head coverings or facial hair are examples that may become problematic if an employer does not have a legitimate reason to prohibit them. For example, loose clothing may be a safety issue around certain equipment, so an employer may be able to enforce these aspects of a dress code without making accommodations, as long as they are applied equally to all employees.

The Texas Workforce Commission explains that employers should include a standard procedure for dealing with dress code violations in the company policies, and an employer has the right to expect workers to be clean, neat and free of offensive odors. Requiring workers to wear uniforms could create problems for companies that pay minimum wage, since the cost of the clothing may cause employees’ pay to fall below the legally required minimum earnings. However, reimbursement is a simple way to avoid this potential issue. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
fill out our 1-step form ›

Let Us Help You -
Contact Our Firm Today:

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location

The Jackson Law Firm
3900 Essex Lane Suite 1116
Houston, Tx 77027

Local 713.574.5181
Toll Free 877.475.3058
Fax 713.527.8850
Houston Law Office Map

Review Us
FindLaw Network Subscribe to this blog's feed ►