Oxford city workers get new dress code
Posted April 14, 2011
Oxford, N.C. — No flip-flops, no cleavage or T-shirts.
Those are some of the rules that city of Oxford employees will have to follow under a new dress code.
City Manager Mark Donham said there haven't been any problems, but the city wanted a formal dress code to ensure that questionable attire stays out of city offices.
Residents interviewed by WRAL News generally approved of the idea.
"I think working for the city is a privilege," Oxford resident Tom Le said. "You're working for the government, and you represent the people, so I think a professional look will give them more credibility with the people."
Lori Sharp, who sported rhine-studded flip-flops and cropped jeans as she worked at Stovall's Gift Shop, said she sees a difference between her job and those of city workers.
"In my job, that's probably appropriate, because I work retail in the public. But if you're dealing with sensitive matters that people in the city might have to deal with, I think that it is appropriate to dress professionally," Sharp said.
The new dress code forbids city workers from showing cleavage, excess skin or undergarments. Spandex pants, shorts, T-shirts, strapless dresses and flip-flops are banned.
"We wanted to establish a code. We didn't have one," Donham said. "We wanted to set it up as a business casual code."
The dress code doesn't apply to workers who wear uniforms, and it allows flexibility for those who work outdoors.
Employees who violate the dress code will receive a warning or be asked to go home and change clothes.