Allan Stokell, a retired City of Toronto worker, says he feels his human rights were violated when UPS told him he’d have to axe his beard if he wanted to work for them.
The 68-year-old man, who identifies as a “bearded person”, applied for a seasonal job with UPS, and in an e-mail questionnaire was asked if he accepts the company’s “strict appearance guidelines” that requires employees “to be clean shaven and hide visible piercings and tattoos.
Stokell hasn’t been officially been turned down for the job but hasn’t heard anything from UPS.
Is this a form of discrimination? Or should this man suck it up if he wants a job?