An airport security firm in Germany recently took a case dubbed ‘the bra wars’ to court in Cologne. What was the problem?
The company complained that women not wearing Bra’s were not preserving the orderly appearance of employer-provided uniforms.
In handing down his decision, the Judge agreed employers ‘had the right to require female staff to either wear undershirts or white or skin-colored bras’.
But doesn’t the employers demands violate workers’ personal rights? ‘Not so’ says the North Rhine-Westphalia state labor court.
But it gets worse. The court also agreed with the employers entitlement to demand staff keep their hair “clean, never worn looking unwashed or oily” and that men could only sport a well-groomed beard or be clean-shaven.
Also, the court further endorsed the employers view that fingernails should be kept shorter than half a centimeter (0.2 inches) to protect passengers from injury.
The only good news for the staff was that the Judge refused the employers argument that they also had the right to dictate which colors employees could paint their nails.