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Ask HR: Can Companies Require Masks?

July 10, 2020


Question: My state has been easing restrictions and reopening for the past couple of months. I feel comfortable enough to not wear a mask in the office. However, my co-workers have been “mask-shaming” me and making me feel bad for not wearing one. Can my employer mandate that I wear one? — Anonymous

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: Yes, employers may absolutely require workers to wear masks.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states employers can require employees to wear masks or other protective clothing, such as gloves and gowns, during a pandemic.

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