"Oh, For Crying Out Loud, What Century Is This?"

This story is not quite within the ambit of employment discrimination, but let’s just say that these are the guys who pass state anti-discrimination laws.

Harold, Bearded, Scroll, Costume

Kansas state Sen. Mitch Holmes (R), chairman of that state’s Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, “issued an 11-point code of conduct to guide women on how to dress. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Holmes’ rules don’t include any restrictions on men because, according to Holmes, men don’t need instructions on how to look professional.”

The AP/Fox article noted that “he imposed a dress code that prevents women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts. … [He] said he wrote the instruction because provocatively dressed women are a distraction. The guidelines don’t detail a minimum skirt length or a permissible neckline for blouses.”

“’Oh, for crying out loud, what century is this?’ Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, said Thursday.”

Takeaway: Do you think that gender discrimination — or any type of employment discrimination — is a priority for these pols?

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]