Male security guards at Casino Niagara can wear earrings

Grooming policy was unreasonable, says arbitrator
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Male security guards at Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont., can now wear earrings just like their female counterparts, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

The arbitrator said the casino’s grooming policy for security guards that prohibited men from wearing earrings while on duty was unreasonable. The same policy allowed female security guards to wear earrings, with certain restrictions, while on duty.

Casino Niagara argued that the policy was based on rational business interests. Stressing that it operates a business involving a casino and hotel operation, the employer said it had the right and responsibility to present a “crisp and professional face to its customers.” It also argued that personal image is an important factor in this competitive industry.