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Mansfield’s dress code ruffles employees’ feathers

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Municipal officials in Mansfield are drawing criticism from city employees after a new dress code went into effect in June.

Apparently because casual Fridays had gotten a bit too casual, the dress code spells out sartorial do’s and don’ts. On the list of fashion faux pas: flip-flops and excessive jewelry. It covers grooming, too, prohibiting long bangs and flashy nail polish on women and long sideburns on men.

Disgruntled employees argue that the restrictions have little to do with how they perform their jobs.

The city planned the new dress code for a year before implementing it. It covers more than 500 city employees.

Note: As an employer, you’re within your rights to implement a dress code, with a few key exceptions related to religious dress. But before rolling one out, assess whether the benefits outweigh the costs in employee morale.

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