Employers may prohibit gel nails for hygiene reasons
Aachen - Employers may forbid the wearing of long, artificial and painted fingernails for reasons of hygiene. This was decided by the Labor Court Aachen, as it announced today (Az .: 1 Ca 1909/18). In the present case, the boss of a nursing home had forbidden her employees to wear gel nails.
The employee complained and argued that the order also affected her personal appearance in her spare time and therefore violated her general right to privacy. The employer pointed out that the prohibition of gel nails for hygiene reasons is imperative for the protection of the residents.
The judges gave the employer right now. The applicant's interest in the freedom to shape its outward appearance must be removed by the employer's interest in best protecting the health and physical well-being of the residents entrusted to her.
The employer had relied on recommendations from the Robert Koch Institute. Accordingly, staff in clinics, practices, nursing homes and other medical workplaces should wear only natural and short-cut fingernails. Among other things, on artificial nails the bacterial density higher, they affected the disinfection of the hands and could pierce disposable gloves.