If an employee comes to an interview with a visible piercing that is not allowed in the company, are we required to tell them in the interview that such piercings are prohibited.

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If an employee comes to an interview with a visible piercing that is not allowed in the company, are we required to tell them in the interview that such piercings are prohibited.

Or can we hire them and then tell them when they start that the piercing is prohibited and they must remove it while at work?

Asked on January 10, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You legally may do it either way: you can tell them in the interview that it is not allowed and that they will only get--and keep--the job if they remove it; or at any time, you may tell an already-hired employee to remove a piercing when at work on pain of discipline or termination, since employers may make, change, and enforce "dress" codes (which includes rules for hair, make-up, piercing,and hygiene) at will, and my suspend or terminate (or otherwise discipline) employee at will ("employment at will") unless there is an employment contract to the contrary. You could also simply refuse to hire anyone who comes to an interview with inappropriate piercings or dress.


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