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You can be fired for what you wear

There has been a lot of talk over the years about the First Amendment and school dress codes. When you get into the workplace, you may think that you have the right to wear what you want, and that firing you for this is illegal since you have a right to express yourself.

It's very important to know that this is not true. Employees do not have the right to wear anything they want. You absolutely can be fired for what you wear, and this happens every year.

The key point here is that the First Amendment pertains to what the government is allowed to do. They can't pass laws about what shirt you wear to work. Your employer, though, can make (almost) any rule at all about what you can wear. If you break it, you can then be fired for breaking company policy.

Now, "almost" is written above because there are some exceptions about this. For one thing, your employer can't discriminate. If all of the white workers are allowed to wear whatever they want, for example, while black workers are told to follow a strict dress code, that is illegal. Additionally, you can't be fired for wearing something because of a disability -- if you have trouble walking, for example, and need special shoes.

However, in the vast majority of cases, you can legally be fired for your clothes. This could happen even if there is not an established, official dress code. Your boss may just find your clothes offensive, and you could be gone.

Know your rights as an employee from your first day on the job. If those right are ever violated in Michigan, make sure you also know what legal options you have.

Source: AOL, "7 Ways You Can Be Fired For Your Appearance -- Legally," Donna Ballman, accessed June 17, 2016

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