If I am being forced to wear a uniform at work that is made for a woman, what are my rights?

UPDATED: Dec 11, 2011

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If I am being forced to wear a uniform at work that is made for a woman, what are my rights?

I am a man that works for a company that is mostly women. The uniform is a vest that clearly made for a women and my manager is forcing me to wear everyday. I have asked serveral times if there is any other option for me to wear because I do not feel comfortable wearing it.

Asked on December 11, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is *possible* that forcing a male employee to wear clothing that would, under reasonable or general societal standards, be considered to be inappropriate for a man and appropriate only for a woman might be sex-based harassment. The issue will depend in large part on the specific facts--e.g. what exactly does the vest look like?--and you should consult with an employment attorney in person to discuss this situation (bring the vest and any other parts of the uniform). If you the victim of sex-based harassment, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

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