“Bikini Baristas” are Forced to Cover Up: Is this a Freedom of Expression Dispute?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to enforce the City of Everett, Washington’s dress code law and amendment to the Lewd Conduct Ordinances. The amendment requires employees of “quick service areas” to cover minimum body area (breasts, torso, and top three inches of leg below the buttocks).  It was designed to target a rise in Washington’s bikini baristas stands, a recent trend spanning numerous mid-western states. At these stands, women wear lingerie, thongs, and skimpy swimwear while they