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The Plaintiffs’ Hopes Quickly Sagged

The North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, state labor court has ruled that employers can legally require employees to wear bras. The company involved in the case provides airline passenger screening, and the court agreed that the company was within its rights to require brassieres “to preserve the orderly appearance of employer-provided uniforms.” In addition, the court ruled, the employer’s requirement that employees keep short fingernails was reasonable, on the grounds that longer nails could be dangerous to passengers during patdowns, and they could require “hair that is always clean, never worn looking unwashed or oily.” (RC/Germany Local) ...Of course, due to E.U. gender non-discrimination rules, all of these requirements must also extend to male employees.
Original Publication Date: 16 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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