Can the CEO force me to wear navy, black or grey colors?

Posted 05-16-2012

Ann Kiernan replies:

Sure! Dress codes are perfectly legal. But you probably won’t be able to claim a tax deduction, since buying clothes specifically for work and never wearing them at any other time isn’t good enough. The IRS (Publication 529) says that only work clothes that are mandatory and are unsuitable for everyday wear-uniforms, theatrical costumes, hard hats, safety gloves, for example-are deductable.


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Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.