is there anything i can do, possible discrimination?

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is there anything i can do, possible discrimination?

My employer, a fast food place that’s franchise owned, recently posed we are not allowed to have any bags or purses at all inside the store. On top of that, we are not allowed to get changed in the store before our shift starts. I do not have a car and i walk to work everyday. I am the only one that brings a duffle bag to work with my work clothes so I can change. Everyone else has a car and arrives with their uniform on. I told my gm that I cannot walk to work with my heavy uniform on because of the heat and my asthma. I was told it wasn’t their problem and that I had to adhere to their new rules. Is this discrimination? They know I am the only one where I work who walks and changes clothes before my shift.

Asked on August 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

This is not illegal discrimination. An employer is not required to make accommodations for an employee's personal transportation or financial issues--i.e. for the fact that you do not have a car and walk to work. That fact that you walk is not the employer's doing or responsibility. The issue you have with the uniform is not because of the employer; it is because you walk to work rather than driving a car, taking a cab, riding a bus, etc. The employer is simply not responsible for that.

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