UPS will allow employees to wear facial hair and natural Black hairstyles. It is the latest company to get rid of policies that have been criticized as discriminatory. The company is also eliminating gender-specific rules. This is part of the company overhauling some out of date and very extensive appearance guidelines.
These changes come after Carol Tomé, the first female chief executive in the company’s 113-year history, took on the role in March of this year.
UPS said in a statement,
These changes reflect our values and desire to have all UPS employees feel comfortable, genuine and authentic while providing service to our customers and interacting with the general public.
This overhaul comes 2 years after UPS was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2018, UPS settled a $4.9 million lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The lawsuit stated that the company had failed to hire or promote those whose religious practices conflicted or did not align with its extensive appearance policy.
EEOC said that UPS had kept employees who wore beards or long hair for their religious beliefs in non-supervisory roles with no customer contact.