Zimmerman Writes About How to Avoid Legal Issues with Fashion Industry Employee Dress Codes

Written policies and standards requiring, and prohibiting, categories of dress, grooming and other forms of personal appearance are commonplace in the fashion industry and are generally permitted by law. However, internal complaints and outside legal issues can arise when standards impose broad requirements or restrictions that unlawfully single out particular individuals or groups of people based on protected characteristics and classifications. In his article, “Dress Code Red: That Policy May Need a Makeover,” published by Women’s Wear Daily Magazine, Freeborn Labor & Employment Partner Marc B. Zimmerman covers what is permissible with dress codes and best practices for companies to tailor policies to address their business needs and comply with laws in the geographic areas where they do business. To read the article, published Nov. 7, 2019, click here. The article also appears in the Nov. 7, 2019 print edition.