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No Bling with that Latte

While tattoos on Starbucks employees are fine (except on the face or throat), the coffee giant has banned employees from wearing traditional engagement rings, and other gems worn on their hands and wrists. Starbucks implemented the new dress code, citing the need for food safety standards that comply with the FDA’s Food Code, which states: Except for a plain ring such as a wedding band, while preparing food, food employees may not wear jewelry including medical information on their arms and hands.

Not surprisingly, the new policy has been chastised by many employees as well as members of the public, who have taken to social media to voice their dismay. One unhappy Starbucks regular tweeted: “So employees can’t wear engagement rings? That’s absurd, bye Starbucks, hello Coffee Bean.”  While the gem ban may seem offensive, disgruntled workers may be hard pressed finding legal grounds to challenge the policy.

For patrons, at least there’s no chance of finding any bling in your Starbucks latte. 

This article is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.