Can I make an employee cover up their tattoos?



Employers are free to adopt a policy addressing tattoos, piercings and other personal appearance issues as long as it doesn’t unlawfully discriminate against one protected group (age, race, religion, sex, etc.) more than another. So it’s important to be consistent when applying such a rule. It is legal to impose greater restrictions on employees who have direct contact with customers. Also realize that while much body art is simply for decoration, it could have religious implications.

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