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Oxford city workers get new dress code

Posted April 14, 2011

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— 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.

City of Oxford Oxford rolls out dress code

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.

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  • Sherlock Apr 14, 2011

    This code seems to effect only the female employee, what about males? All city workers should either wear a business suite everyday or a uniform, nothing that would be seen as a casual attaire only highly professional looking, this would apply to both male and female.

  • RockMan Apr 14, 2011

    News?

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 14, 2011

    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.

    Maybe they were going to wal mart after work.