Monday, June 16, 2008

The Law Giveth And Taketh Away: The Right To Wear Pants


Sherman Oaks, California

Actual law (also known as California Government Code section 12947.5):

"Prohibition on wearing of pants based on sex; unlawful employment practice; exemptions

"(a) It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to refuse to permit an employee to wear pants on account of the sex of the employee.

"(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employer from requiring employees in a particular occupation to wear a uniform.

"(c) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to wear a costume while that employee is portraying a specific character or dramatic role.

"(d) The commission may exempt an employer from the requirements of this section for good cause shown and shall adopt standards and procedures for granting exemptions."

Consequently, a California employer cannot prohibit women from wearing pants to work, except when it can.

All clear now?

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to my recollection, this was interpreted by the 9th circuit to apply only to hot pants.

4:09 AM  

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