HR Strange But True!
June 11, 2004

The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to hear a gender-bias case brought by woman who was fired by Harrah's casino in Reno for refusing to wear makeup.

Harrah's fired the bartender, Darlene Jesperson, in August 2000 because she refused to follow the "Personal Best Policy" management had instituted the previous April. Under the policy, makeup was required for female employees and prohibited for male employees, according to the Nevada Appeal newspaper.

Jesperson, a 21-year employee of Harrah's, later claimed that management had gone 10 years without requiring her to follow a previous makeup rule, because it knew that makeup made her feel "extremely uncomfortable ... ill and violated." She argued in her lawsuit that this amounted to permission to ignore company policy. More important, she argued that her firing constituted gender discrimination.

But a district judge disagreed, saying she had been lawfully terminated for violating policy. Jesperson next went to the state Supreme Court, asking the justices to declare a public policy in Nevada against gender discrimination. But they refused, observing that Nevada has not specifically recognized gender typing as a violation of public policy. The court would not do that on its own, they added.

Source: The Nevada Appeal

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