Kansas agency’s dress code bans short skirts, tight clothes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP, KSNW) – Short skirts and revealing shirts are among the garments Kansas Department of Revenue employees are barred from wearing under a new dress code.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Revenue Secretary Sam Williams authorized implementation of the fashion rules Monday. Employees who meet face-to-face with customers aren’t allowed to expose people to “obscene or offensive tattoos or facial or body piercings.” The policy also stipulates clothing with a deep neckline may be worn only with a “non-revealing shirt underneath.”

Agency spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda says the goal is to “present a professional image” to customers.

According to AP sources, employees at the Kansas Department of Revenue will need to keep some extra things in mind when getting dressed for work.  Dress and skirt hems can’t be any more than 3 inches above the knee.  Employees can’t show any visible obscene or offensive tattoos. And clothing with a deep neckline must be worn with something non-revealing underneath.

But Democratic Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, says it’s “over-the-top.”

When asked for an official version of the policy, spokespeople said they did not distribute those out publicly.


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