Is it legal for a potential employer to deny an employee the right to wear a wedding band while at work?

I recently applied for a job and while at my interview, the assistant manager told

me I could not wear any rings on my fingers while at work. I asked about my

wedding ring and she said I would have to get an approval from the manager to

wear it while on duty.

Asked on February 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this is legal. In an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes placing restrictions on the wearing of rings and other jewelery, as long as such restrictions are applied equally to both men and women. Accordingly, unless this atcion violates the terms of a union agreemnt or employment contract or constitutes some form of actionable discrimination, no laws have been broken. 


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