Earring Cause of Tasmania Police Dispute

A Tasmania Police officer was told by his bosses he could not wear a basic stud earring to work because the accessory is considered unprofessional for men.

The incident was outlined in the Anti-Discrimination Commission’s annual report, which was tabled in Parliament earlier this week.

The annual report shows Tasmania Police tried to get an exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act, which would have enabled it to force all male officers to remove their earrings while on duty.

The application was denied by Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks.

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner can grant exemptions to the Anti-Discrimination Act which allow individuals or organisations to carry out actions which would otherwise be considered unlawful.

A police source, who did not wish to be named, said on Friday the maverick Western District officer was prepared to take the matter further.

However, he and Tasmania Police reached a confidential agreement and the issue was resolved.

Read more in The Examiner.

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