Nov 11, 2020

Diversity: UPS relaxes rules on beards, braids and piercings

UPS says the new guidelines are part of an effort to "Celebrate diversity rather than corporate restrictions". Hairstyles such as Afros and braids will now be allowed as UPS tackles bias, diversity and inclusion. "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," a spokesman told the BBC. In May, UPS hired its first female chief executive, Carol Tomé. UPS workers were allowed to have a beard if they got a medical or religious exemption, often to referred to as "Shaver waivers". In 2018 UPS paid $4.9m to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its rules on beards and hair length.

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