Dress codes: Strip away discrimination, ‘uniform’ dangers

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If your business is image-driven, now's the time to take a closer look at how you regulate employee appearance. Reason: An increasing number of lawsuits are successfully challenging employers' dress-code policies.

Latest example: This fall, employees of Polo Ralph Lauren stores sued in California federal court, accusing the company of requiring employees to buy and wear clothes from the company as a condition of employment. The workers said the policy in effect required them to wear uniforms. And California, like some other states, requires employers to foot the bill for employee uniforms. Attorneys are now seeking class-action certification in the lawsuit.

Because of that suit and others like it, the California labor commission is investigating dress policies at several national retailers. Employment attorneys say a California crackdown will have repercussions for other states. The National Retail Federation says th...(register to read more)

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