I work for a huge customer facing company now, they deal with hundreds of multinational companies. Their rules are very lax; as long as I dont look scruffy, I'm ok. I have a lip bar that, apart from the odd look, has not made one difference to my performance, the respect I have from my collegues and most of all from my employers. At the end of the day they realise I'm damn good at what I do and no facial-ware will affect that performance. Employers need to broaden their horizons and wake up to exactly what penski said. If you dont employ someone for a peice of metal in their face, someone else will and you have potentially lost out on the employee who has more skills that a dozen of the clones you are prepared to employ. Back to the thread: Unfortunately, if your employer resides in the shallow end you will have to comply... it's the law.