Can a California employer mandate a “meat-free workplace”?

Ann Kiernan replies:

What an interesting question! As far as I can determine, there is no law prohibiting an employer from limiting the food allowed onsite. However, if an employee had a medical reason that s/he had to eat meat and presented an appropriate doctor’s note in support, I believe that the employer would have to allow it.

Posted 06-07-2016

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Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.