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Actually, yes, legally if an employer has a dress code they enforce against all employees and you need to have the hair covering for some legitimate religious reason, then you need to ask for a religious accommodation and they can actually make you show it is a sincerely ***** ***** religious belief. Now, if it is a sincerely ***** ***** belief and does not interfere with safety of operations of the employer and they deny you, then you can file a complaint to the Commission on Human Rights and have them investigate.
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I understand, but just because an employer is asking you to file the accommodation request is not discrimination. Locks are a bit different in that they are a hair style associated with a religion and that is covered in the handbook. The employer cannot cover every potential situation in a handbook. The mere asking for you to request an accommodation is not unlawful discrimination. If they DENY you accommodation, then you have a case against them if they cannot prove some legitimate safety reason or business reason.