Cuyahoga County workers face new dress code

6:25 PM, Jun 17, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It's bye-bye to on the job blue jeans, tennis shoes and other too casual items for about 450 Cuyahoga County workers.

New fiscal officer Wade Steen thinks some workers in the old treasurer, auditor, recorder and other offices need to spruce up their act.

"Taxpayers were coming in to conduct business. When you have flip flops or a wrinkly shirt or a halter top or something not professional on,  it's not the way you want to do things."

T-shirt, sweat clothes, logos, Spandex, micro mini-skirts are all among the banned apparel. Tattoos and facial piercings are also out.

What about freedom of expression?

"I'm not a lawyer I could get challenged on it."

Starting Monday men who don't wear ties, women who show too much skin or workers violating other parts of the code will be sent home to comply and their pay docked. Multiple offenders could be fired.

Steen thinks workers who take pride in what they wear will take pride in what they do.

County Executive Ed FitzGerald says the idea may spread county-wide.


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