Can I be treated differently from my co-workers?

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022Fact Checked

Get Legal Help Today

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Can I be treated differently from my co-workers?

My boss told me to remove my hat while I’m working but a supervisor that literally has a office next to hers wears his hat everyday in the whole building without being hassled. I just want to know if there is anything illegal going on, no harm comes from wearing a hat at my job. That’s why he and I like to but she only tells me to remove it because it’s disrespectful I guess.

Asked on October 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, unless some form of legally actionable discrimination is involved. So if you are being singled out due to you race, religion, disability, age (over 40), gender, national origin, etc. then that would be illegal. Therefore, if you wear your hat due to a medical condition or for religious observance then you may a have a claim. Othewise, you can be treated differenty than a co-worker. The fact is that not all employees need be treated the same or even fairly. Accordingly, unless your treatment violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it is legal. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption