I have worked for the same health care company for over 4 years now. A few month ago I had a porcelain crown(front tooth) break off. Since I currently do not have dental insurance, I can not afford the $1,600 up front to get it fixed right away. I have told my boss that I am saving money to get this procedure done as soon as possible but they have now told me I will be taken off of the schedule or completely let go until I get it fixed. They did not offer me another position that does not require me to speak face to face with patients, my only option is to quit working or somehow find a way to pay to get it fixed even though they know I have tried everything and my only option is to pay for it outright. Is this legal?
This is NOT legal advice and should not be interpreted or treated as such.
It is likely legal for your employer to require that you maintain a certain appearance. Employers can create dress codes which regulate hair, nails, clothing, piercings, tattoos, makeup, etc. The key is that the employer cannot discriminate against a group of people based on race, gender, religion, and a few other classes of individuals. If you had a genuinely held religious belief that obtaining dental work violated your religion, your employer would likely be required to make a reasonable accommodation, so long as it doesn't create an undue hardship on the employer. Given your statement and facts, I don't believe any such religious exception applies, so the dress code is likely enforceable and legal.
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