Two questions: What was his hairstyle when you hired him? What did/do you consider normal?
You can implement a dress code as long as it is applied and enforced fairly and consistently. It is perfectly legal to discriminate between employees with Mohawks and employees with â€œnormalâ€ hair. It is legal to have different dress code for men and women. While developing a dress code, it might be a good idea to cover all the bases. Tattoos, piercings, jewelry and clothes can be specified in a formal dress code. Violations can bring on disciplinary action.
You might try taking this young man aside for a private conversation. Explain your concerns about company image and the consequences of violating company dress code. Some young people do not understand how grooming can be a performance and employment issue.
Hope that helps you out. =)
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