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January 27, 2011

A German court ruled in favor of an employer's strict dress code. Among other matters of appearance, female employees can now be required to wear a bra or undershirt.

According to the Daily Mail, the State Labor Court in North Rhine-Westphalia ruled on a case involving the dress code at an airport security firm.

The employees felt their company handbook concerning dress code was too strict. Under the firm’s policy, female employees must keep their fingernails short, keep their hair clean, and wear a white or flesh-colored bra or undershirt.

Women weren’t the only employees up in arms about the policy. The dress code for male employees included keeping beards clean and well-groomed.

The German court ruled in favor of the employer.

“Being told to wear a bra and to keep fingernails to shorter than half-a-centimetre does not impinge on personal rights,” the court ruled.

However, there were two exceptions. The employer can no longer ban wigs, or specify hair color or nail polish color.

The court’s decision on employee dress code will apply to other workplaces in the most populous state in Germany.


The Daily Mail

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