Is it legal for my employer to hire me and I had anose ring, then months later threaten to fire meif I cannot take it out?

I have been at my current job for 4 months and a few days ago they requested me to take it out because we were being audited. I had no problem do so and I removed it for that day. All of a sudden they tell me that I can’t work with it and this time when I tried to take it out it was stuck because it is now swollen because of me removing it a few days prior. Now they’re telling me that if I can’t get it out I’m fired?

Asked on December 2, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this legal. An employer may set--and change at will--terms and conditions of employment, including dress codes (which include rules for body art, piercings, etc.). The fact that they used to allow something, including at the time you were hired, does not mean they have to allow it forever after. If you do not comply with their revised dress code or requirements, not only can you be fired, but they choose to fire you "for cause"--for violating company policy--which could result in a denial of unemployment insurance.


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