As we know personal image is important in our industry. If an individual applied to work at your facility and was wearing his or her religious attire (yalmulke, scarf, turban) would that have an influence on whether your hired the individual or not? It is likely that no matter how someone presented him/herself, if they were a prospective customer, we would appreciate his/her patronage. Would applying for a position, described as above, at your facility be a game changer for you?
I really like Debbie’s response. One of the issues I had with my personal trainer uniform was that the GM didn’t want my to wear skirts, even though they had shorts or capris underneath and were modest. I don’t wear pants as a part of my wardrobe and I was very disappointed that he wanted a note to explain my religious reasons for dressing modestly. That was never a problem with group exercise so that was one of the reasons that I went back to group ex.
In any case, because I understand how it feels, I would not have a problem with it. All I need to know is if you are a good fit for the studio, based on your personality and training style. Your availability is an issue we all have to deal with, religious or not, so that should be an expected discussion with any prospective trainer.
It is so hard for people to go about their days and work in certain jobs where they do not have to compromise their beliefs, especially when it comes to religious dress. I can’t wait to open my studio where women can come in and still be modest.