Dress Code Liability? Sex Bias Not Always Clean-Cut

An employer that sets different standards for men and women, even if it has policies for both, may still be “asking for some trouble,” Emily Martin, general counsel and vice president for workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA. A number of legal theories exist that could potentially expose an employer to liability if it says “men dress like this or women dress like that,” Martin said.