I read your article about dress codes and now I have a question for you. I work in an office and almost never have face-to-face contacts with clients. Clients rarely come to the office. Even though the only people I see are co-workers, my employer requires men to wear a suit and tie every day. I know I would be more productive if I could dress in more comfortable clothes and I would certainly save a lot of money. Is it legal for employers to require employees to wear suits? It seems like an invasion of privacy to me.
– Constrained by Neckwear
Your employer can’t force you to wear a suit and tie. You can wear anything you want, any time you want. Go for it. You’ll be fired, but at least you will be comfortable.
– Evil Skippy
Dear Constrained –
Just in case Evil Skippy was too vague, it is perfectly legal for your employer to adopt a dress code that requires you to wear a suit and tie. You can refuse to comply and, if you do, no one can dress you up against your will. Your employer can, however, terminate your employment.
It is also perfectly legal for you to lobby for a change, so long as you do not disrupt the workplace when doing so. Be polite and be prepared. Show your employer how productivity and morale will improve without sacrificing a professional environment. If other employees share your feeling about the dress code, enlist them to join you in talking to your managers. You may discover that the managers also want to do away with the suit requirement.