What’s With This Fetish About Pants? A Look At Workplace Dress Codes

Now that winter has turned into summer — overnight — the issue of clothes at work is front and center. (Isn’t it?). What to wear? No tie? Sandals? Tube top?

The question is asked a lot: Is there any regulation of what an employer can require by way of dress and grooming?

The answer: Not really. The dress code leeway that you may take for granted in your workplace is generally at the whim of the employer. Off with long hair, guys! Cover up that bodice! Put that tie back on!

Pretty much the employer’s call.

But not always.

It’s time to revisit the issue of dress — and workplace religious accommodations.

Read my new Above The Law post entitled “What’s With This Fetish About Pants?” – learn why pants are such a workplace issue.

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Richard Cohen

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]