David Marks Staff asked 4 years ago

By imposing a no-beard rule for safety concerns in an essential job function

By imposing a no-beard rule for safety concerns in an essential job function, will employers be excluding persons of religions that require males to wear beards?

In such cases, should an employer be required to find safety equipment such as a respirator that would accommodate a beard, and where does undue hardship enter the equation?

This is in reference to the Employment Law that sometimes involves resolving conflicts between two duties placed on an employer. For example, let’s look at in an industrial setting that presents a danger under OSHA’s general duty clause and the right of the employee not to be discriminated on the job site because of his religious beliefs (for example, wearing facial hair).

1 Answers
David Marks Staff answered 4 years ago

Safety of employees should be the first priority of all employers.
Yes, an employer should find safety equipment such as a respirator that would accommodate a beard. A diverse set of employees work in any organization, some with beards, some without beards but safety requirements should be equal for all of them. Sometimes it is compulsory or obligatory for a person belonging to a particular religion to grow a beard and he cannot go against it. For example, it is obligatory for a male belonging to the Sikh religion to grow a beard.