HR Strange But True!
June 23, 2009

A city in Florida has a new mandate for employees: Wear underwear. In other words, don't show up to work “going commando.”

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Brooksville City Council recently approved a new dress code that included a requirement to wear underwear.

In addition to requiring city employees to wear underwear, the policy instructs employees to wear deodorant and prohibits them from wearing “distracting, offensive or revealing" clothing, Spandex, halter tops, and skirts worn below the waistline such that the abdomen or back is exposed." It also prohibits city employees from having visible body-piercings (with the exception of those in the ear) and having exposed cuts or wounds.

The vote to approve the dress code would have been unanimous if not for the Mayor Joe Bernardini, who said he voted against it because he didn't know how the underwear requirement would be enforced.

"They said you had to wear undergarments, but who's going to be the judge of that?” Bernardini tells the newspaper. “Sometimes when it comes to certain people going bra-less, it's obvious. But who's staring to see if that person doesn't have underwear on?"

Employees can be sent home if they violate the policy. For repeat offenders, disciplinary action up to an including termination is possible, the newspaper reports.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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