Women at coffee shop chain Hillbilly Hotties may need to cover up following a Wednesday federal appeals court ruling, according to the New York Post.
In 2017, a judge ruled that the "bikini baristas" would still be permitted to serve in the semi-nude, despite a lawsuit over the chain's dress code. The group of women sued the city of Everett, Washington, in September 2017, claiming that a demure dress code would violate their First Amendment rights to free expression.
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The newspaper reported that a three-judge panel on the U.S.'s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the initial 2017 decision that prevented the city of Everett, Washington, from imposing a more conservative dress code.
Wednesday's ruling revealed that wearing skimpy attire — including "pasties or a G-string" the Post said — does not fall under free speech as protected by the First Amendment.
Jovanna Edge, one of the company's co-owners, told the outlet that she was planning to appeal the ruling.
In August 2017, the local city council passed the ordinances regarding the dress code of scantily clad women. One of the ordinances required employees at "quick service" eateries to wear at least a tank top and shorts while working.
In 2009, authorities busted several women who were employed at such coffee stands and charged them with indecent exposure and prostitution. The Seattle Times also reported that employed baristas also reportedly charged customers high-dollar amounts for "erotic shows" and even allowed some of the customers to fondle them.
At the time, Assistant City Attorney Ramsey Ramerman said, "This is not about being offended by people wearing bikinis. Some of these stands had the characteristics of a poorly run strip club, and trying to enforce standards under the previous law was simply ineffective."
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