The Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance provides information relating to accommodations for religious accommodation including schedule changes or leave for religious observances, but also to such things as dress or grooming practices that an employee has for religious reasons. These might include, for example, wearing particular head coverings or other religious dress (such as a Jewish yarmulke or a Muslim headscarf), or wearing certain hairstyles or facial hair (such as Rastafarian dreadlocks or Sikh uncut hair and beard). It also includes an employee's observance of a religious prohibition against wearing certain garments (such as pants or miniskirts).
When an employee or applicant needs a dress or grooming accommodation for religious reasons, he or she should notify the employer that he needs such an accommodation for religious reasons. If the employer reasonably needs more information, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance will work with the employer and the employee to engage in an interactive process to discuss the request.