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Do I have legal recourse for being required to wear lipstick and high heels ("Hollywood" attire) at work?
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Lawyer: Richard - Bizlaw, Attorney replied 8 years ago
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No you do not. An employer has a right to require reasonable attire in the place of business. Unless you have some disability that prevents you from wearing the clothes, etc., you do not have a basis for not complying.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
So, the company has the right to, indirectly and unofficially, enforce it's "Hollywood Attire" policy? I am not talking about professional attire (i.e., suit and heels); rather, the girls at the front desk are indirectly instructed to wear provocative clothing, high heels (no flats permitted, as we will be called on it)! and lipstick at all times. This is seriously legal?

Lawyer: Richard - Bizlaw, Attorney replied 8 years ago

Is this requirement limited to the people who sit at the front desk? Is this a receptionist's desk? Do any men sit at the desk to provide this function and what are they required to wear?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
This "requirement" is specifically for the people who sit at the front receptionist desks (we have 3 separate locations amongst which we alternate). The "rule" is "if it's too provocative on the top, then take it easy on the bottom (i.e., with pants and skirts)." There are NO men in our team of receptionists.
Lawyer: Richard - Bizlaw, Attorney replied 8 years ago

What you may have is a case of sex discrimination in that you are being required to wear attire not based on a general dress code but what appears to be a specific group of female employees. No other employees are required to meet the same standard.

 

You should complain to management that you feel this is discriminatory treatment and want a more reasonable standard. If that does not work I would take the issue to a local EEOC office.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
There is NO WAY to talk to management as I will be fired. Can you recommend a local attorney who might be willing to help?
Lawyer: Richard - Bizlaw, Attorney replied 8 years ago

The site does not permit us to make specific recommendations. However, you can locate an attorney in your area who would be knowledgeable about discrimination claims on lawyers.com or findlaw.com. They list attorneys by geographic area and specialty. Speak to a few and select the one with which you are the most comfortable.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Relist: Answer quality.
Answers are very vague.
Lawyer: MDLaw, Attorney replied 8 years ago
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