Do I have to pay to wear jeans to work?

Wearing blue jeans in our office is normally against policy. The exception is that you can wear jeans on Friday but only if you pay $5 to the company’s pet charity. Is this legal?

Posted 10-18-2011

Ann Kiernan replies:

Sure! Since the company could legally ban blue jeans altogether in its dress code, it can certainly provide for exceptions. If you have religious objections to the designated charity, you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation of your beliefs, and could ask to donate to another worthy cause.

Hope you enjoy your casual Fridays!


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About the Author:

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.