Library Law: Library Dress Codes: Keeping Up Appearances

Gerard E. Dempsey and Janet N. Petsche Say the past few years have witnessed an increasing number of "employment discrimination" cases that formerly might have been viewed as extreme instances of individuals seeking to impose their personal choices on their employers, but that now are characterized as violating the employee's "protected" characteristics. This article will look at three areas: "tattoos," "body piercing," and general physical appearance.


I wrote about this topic a little bit a few years ago. You can read my submission from the LIBREF-L archives at: B&L=LIBREF-L&P=R3032&I=-3&X=341EEA3796C059FCB2&Y=r

Unfavorable discharge from the military is now a protected class in Illinois, yet another reason to have nothing to do with that corrupt state. I'm not hiring anyone with a bad conduct discharge, or less than honorable discharge, so I guess I won't be opening a business in Illinois (Dishonorable discharge is not included in the protected class -RE4)

When I was a public librarian I wore a long sleeved shirt and a tie every day. If people want to express themselves freely they have to be prepared for the consequences. If I have a tattoo on my neck I may not get a good job. I don't see anybody at my bank or brokerage or lawyer's office, or doctor's office with a tattoo on their neck or piercings in their face. I do see those people behind the counter at fast food places, and working at a minimum wage help desk .

I can't understand why it is not obvious to these people that people who make hiring decisions always take into account your appearance. If you look like you will not fit in well, or if you look too 'free spirited' then you probably should take up pottery or fry making because most if not all of the good jobs are closed to you until you remove the barbell from your nare.

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