Bikini baristas in the city of Washington have won a legal battle that will allow them to serve coffee in skimpy clothes.
The city of Everett’s dress code required bikini baristas to cover their bodies at work, and a federal court ruled that it was illegal.
This decision came in a summary judgment after a major legal battle between bikini baristas and the city of Everett over the rights of workers to dress as they please.
The owner of the Everett bikini barista stand Hillbilly Hotties and several employees filed a legal complaint challenging the legality of the dress code.
In 2017, the city of Everett created a law requiring all employees, owners, and other “quick service establishments” to wear clothing that covers the upper and lower body.
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The law recognized coffee stands, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, food trucks, etc. as examples of such quick service businesses.
The group also challenged the city’s prostitution ordinance. However, the court dismissed all of the baristas’ claims except for the dress code.
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The Seattle District Court found that the city of Everett’s dress code violated the Equal Protection clauses of the US and Washington State constitutions.
The court also found that the law, at the very least, was based on gender discrimination.
“The record shows that this Act was passed in part to adversely affect female workers in bikini barista positions,” said US District Judge Ricardo S Martinez.
“There is evidence in the record that the bikini barista profession, a specific target of the Act, is entirely, or almost exclusively, female.”
The court also ruled that bikini baristas were the main target of the law, noting that most of the work was done by women.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because girls do this doesn’t mean we’re bad people,” a bikini barista named Ivy told Fox 13 .
“We all have lives outside of this; some of us are mothers, some of us go to college on top of this, we’re all just working and excited like everyone else.”
Fox 13 also reported that the court ordered the city of Everett to meet with the plaintiffs next month to discuss next steps.
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