Q: can my employer require me to remove me earrings and cover the visable holes left behind?
I'm a firefighter/paramedic, bandages begin to melt and release toxic chemicals at 120F far lower temp than our fires. These chemicals are toxic and can be absorbed through inhilation and through the skin. Not to mention the burns the adhesive will cause. I have all the documentation to back this. We are required to have full gear on in 90 seconds, with that and the thought of everything else going on. The chances of forgetting to remove them are very high. Does this have any impact on my ability to fight this.
A: Employers have wide discretion when it comes to dress an grooming standards for their employees. The restriction you describe regarding piercings is commonplace and likely to be upheld if subject to a legal challenge. Challenges to employer dress codes are only typically successful if an employee can cite a valid religious objection or if the dress standard is degrading or is indicative or in furtherance of illegal discrimination of some kind.
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