Dreadlocks : Ethics And Gender Discrimination

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There is a continuous struggle of understanding company policy regarding appearance of employees. Often times the struggle is trying to determine if a company has overstepped the boundaries of human rights to be who you are. While poplar belief is that you cannot judge a person and their work ethics based on appearance, the reality is we often times do. A company does have a right to set guidelines of appearance based on business type. However, company policy does not have a right to hire or fire someone based on their religious beliefs regarding their appearance.
The Fourteenth Amendment states that people have the right to equal protection and due process based on religious or gender discrimination (Gray, K. 2014). Therefore it is not surprising that companies are faced with this amendment when trying to have an employee change their physical appearance based on the company expectation. Dreadlocks are one of the most common debates in topic regarding company policy. To make the assumption alone that dreadlocks are a part of a particular culture is a misconception. Dreadlocks can be considered a religious belief verses racial belief. Rastafarian, Sikhism and Judaism are a few religions that believe men should not cut their hair (Levine, B., 2017). Companies must be mindful of making request for appearances in these instances. There is a thin line between guidelines and the law. If an employee, as in fact for this case study, states that their hair is based on their

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