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'Bikini Baristas' Sue City Over Dress Code Law

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A group of "bikini baristas" have filed a lawsuit against the city of Everett, Washington, against two recently passed ordinances that ban bikinis and bare skin on restaurant employees. The baristas allege that the ordinance violates constitutional rights.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. It claims that the ordinances violates employees right to communicate and express themselves through their choice of clothing and also infringe on their right to privacy.

Everett's City Council had last month unanimously passed ordinances that banned bikinis, showing of bare shoulders, bare midriffs and bare buttocks among restaurant employees.

"This is not about the bikini," attorney Schuyler Lifschultz told the Seattle Times. "It's about women's rights and the U.S. Constitution. The City of Everett violated these women's rights across the board."

by RTT Staff Writer

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