Here’s some news from Everett, Wash., which passed an ordinance in August to make “bikini baristas” cover up at work.
On Monday, however, a U.S. district court judge extended an injunction against the ordinance, preventing the city from enforcing the ban on bare skin.
— #Q13FOX (@Q13FOX) December 4, 2017
Judge says Everett, WA ordinance imposing dress code on “bikini baristas” likely unconstitutionally targets women https://t.co/ujYTeeVb61
— Nate Raymond (@nateraymond) December 5, 2017
— KOMO News (@komonews) December 4, 2017
U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman wrote that the city’s rules “are likely void for vagueness under the 14th Amendment and that they “fail to provide clear guidance and raise risks of arbitrary enforcement.” The judge also says that the dress code — an attempt by the city to get baristas to wear at least a tank top and shorts — likely violates the baristas’ right of free expression under the First Amendment.
The baristas’ lawyer argued in court last month that the city shouldn’t be able to regulate clothing and that there was an “art form” to being a bikini barista.
According to The Seattle Times, the judge said the ordinance is likely unconstitutionally vague; for example, it uses undefined terms like “anal-cleft.” So for now, the bikini baristas can continue business as usual.
Right move. https://t.co/N4Wsi7EOcF
— (((Jason Rantz))) on AM 770 KTTH (@jasonrantz) December 4, 2017
Good on the federal judge. The city of Everett is trying to enforce a dress code for all service workers, as if people aren't fully aware of what they're wearing, and as if somehow the general public needs to be protected from women in bikinis. What year is it again? https://t.co/OdZQOkGOhp
— Tia (@elgaladwen) December 4, 2017
There's still hope for freedom of speech.
Hope for America.
And hope for tomorrow.
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— PatrickThomasPerkins (@comedianPTP) December 5, 2017
City of Everett spokeswoman on Court’s ruling: “We are in the process of evaluating the Court’s ruling. Once that review is completed, a determination will be made about how to proceed.” #KOMONews https://t.co/nVFyBVPLnc
— Steve McCarron KOMO (@SteveTVNews) December 5, 2017
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