Can employers tell am employee that they must wear make up and have their done a certain way or does this violate the rights of the employee

My little sister works at a jcpennys salon in
west Lebanon my. Her boss on several occasions
has had other employees as well herself make my
sister wash her hair however they are the ones
that wash it. Also they have pulled aside to tell
her that she needs to be wearing makeup and have
her hair curled everyday in order to keep her
job. I am furious at this but I want to make sure
I have the legal facts before I contact corporate

Asked on November 25, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New Hampshire


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It is perfectly legal. Employment in this nation is "employment at will": you have no right to your job, the employer may set all terms, conditions, rules, etc. for the job, and the employer may terminate you at any time for any reason. Putting this together, the employer can put out "grooming" (dress, hair, make-up, etc.) rules and terminate (or anything less than terminate, at their option, like suspend or demote) an employee who does not comply.

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