Fashion Police: Risks And Rewards Of Expression

Law360 (December 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Implementing and enforcing a clear and comprehensive appearance and grooming policy is essential to projecting the right corporate image and fostering a safe and professional work environment.

After all, casual dress may lead to casual (and unprofessional) behavior, provocative dress could invite unwanted sexual comments that later trigger a claim of sexual harassment, and inappropriate attire could pose a hazard to health and safety.

Yet, as one court eloquently stated, "clothing communicates an array of ideas and information about the wearer. It can indicate cultural background and values, religious or moral disposition, creativity or its lack, awareness of current style or...

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