Legal Question in Employment Law in California

I work in the medical field and the manager is telling us that under the company policy, we have to wear white shoes. I can't afford white shoes at the moment so I'm wearing my black sneakers I keep at home. Can there be legal action that can allow me to wear my black shoes instead of white? Or any color. Under the labor law act, it says if an employer pays for our clothing then we would have to wear it? Can you help me figure this out? Thanks

Asked on 4/27/13, 7:20 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

There is nothing to figure out. The employer sets the dress code, The employer is generally not obligated to pay for your uniform or clothes. You can comply or seek a new job, or try to get them to give you a temporary waiver to avoid being terminated for your 'violation of policy'.

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Answered on 4/27/13, 1:57 pm

Charles Perry Law Offices of Charles R. Perry

I agree with Mr. Nelson. Your employer has the right to require you to wear white shoes at work. Failure to comply may subject you to disciplinary action, which could include termination of your employment.

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Answered on 4/28/13, 4:58 am

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