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 look at it as a business decision. That individual could possibly bring in a totally different demographic into your business that you weren’t able to target. A great example is a women owned gym where I used to live in Orange County, Ca. They totally cornered the market for the Middle Eastern women who resided in the surrounding areas because based on some of their religions they cannot show certain parts of their body out in public, but they can in front of women. So this gym capitalized on providing that environment – brilliant business move. It all depends on doing your homework, what does this person have to bring to the business and is it a good fit.
Good question and great answers. Personally it doesn’t bother me. If I’m going to work for a corporation then I will abide with the rules they have in place since that is their business. If I don’t like it then I will not agree to work there. I am more interested in experience, qualifications and results and of course to have respect for each other (both professional and personal).