Can an office manager at a doctor’s office tell employees what they can wear to work?

Rita Risser Chai replies:

Yes, within reason. Any office can set a dress code in order to create the image they want to maintain. Now, if the office manager is saying women employees should wear short skirts and low-cut blouses, in a doctor’s office environment this would be sexual harassment. But if you were working at a bar, that could be part of the job.

Posted 02-07-2018

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.