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Cross-dressing at work isn’t protected by law.

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A hospital fired an ER doctor for violating its gender-specific dress code. The doctor had continued to wear nail polish, cosmetics and "visible female undergarments" after being warned that his appearance violated hospital standards. He sued, alleging "gender stereotyping" and sex discrimination under state civil rights laws. A lower court tossed out his claim and a state appeals court agreed, saying that different dress codes for men and women don't infer an "inherent characteristic" of one's sex. (Pound v. Lee Memorial Hospital, No. 03-21360, Mich., 2004

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