We like to think of ourselves as a corporate socially responsible company that encourages charity and community work, which makes saying no to this next employee request quite difficult.
It’s breast cancer awareness month soon (October) and one of our employees wants to dye her hair pink to highlight the campaign. That doesn’t worry me personally but the employee is front-facing and deals with many of our customers, some of whom I reckon could be quite conservative. October is a busy month for us. I worry I might lose business or she might just shock our customers, especially if the reason for the unusual hair colour isn’t picked up by them.
Should I embrace my employee’s social responsibility leanings and even celebrate it (and face possible loss of customer credibility)? Or might there be employment law ramifications if I say no to the intended change? What happens if the employee dyes her hair anyway? Can I take disciplinary action?