We have a new dress code rule

They are requiring MEN tuck their shirts in and
WOMEN do not have to.
Is this legal in NC?

Asked on June 7, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal, because the law accepts the fact that in our culture, men and women do dress differently. For example, a professional dress code for male lawyers includes wearing ties; it does not for female lawyers. It would be illegal to have a dress code for one sex but not the other; it is not illegal to have a code that reflects culturally accepted gender differences in dress. Men's shirts generally are tucked in for a neat appearance; women's are not.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal, because the law accepts the fact that in our culture, men and women do dress differently. For example, a professional dress code for male lawyers includes wearing ties; it does not for female lawyers. It would be illegal to have a dress code for one sex but not the other; it is not illegal to have a code that reflects culturally accepted gender differences in dress. Men's shirts generally are tucked in for a neat appearance; women's are not.


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