The policy was approved this month by the city council 4-1, with Mayor Joe Bernadini casting the nay vote.
“I think in a way it takes away freedom of choice,” Bernadini said.
The three-page policy is part of the city’s ongoing effort to revise and update its existing policies and ordinances. Police Chief George Turner recently sought to update the impound ordinance and included a provision for impounding cars with loud stereos. That ordinance is undergoing revision.
The new dress policy instructs employees to observe “strict personal hygiene,” including the use of deodorant.
It also bans employees from going to work with clothes emblazoned with foul language, nude or seminude pictures, or messages that promote drug use.
Halter tops and revealing “sexually provocative” garments are out. The same goes for piercings aside from the ear. Cuts and wounds must be covered.
Then there’s this, under the “unacceptable attire” category: “the observable lack of undergarments and exposed undergarments.”
It’s up to department heads to enforce the policy and interpret whether questionable clothing crosses the line. If it violates the policy, employees will not be paid for the time they are sent home to change their clothes.
Repeat violations can result in firing.
Bernadini said most of the policy requirements are common sense, but “there are those who have to be told.”
Source: Phantoms and Monsters