Yes, you must comply with your work’s uniform requirement and wear a uniform to work. Although the Fair Labor Standards Act does not specifically state that an employee must wear a uniform to work, it does allow employers to establish dress codes.
Do I Need to Pay for My Work Uniform?
It depends, but generally no. The Fair Labors Standards Act requires employers to pay for the uniforms. Uniforms are defined as articles of clothing that do not double as "street clothes," and protective gear and clothing that are embossed with the company’s logo.
Employers are only required to pay for uniforms that do not double as street attire. If an employee is required to wear khaki pants and polo shirts to work, then the employer does not have to pay for them.
For example, if the employer has a dress code in which every employee must wear a black polo with the company logo on it to work, then the employer must pay for him or her. However, if it was merely a black polo requirement, then the employer is not responsible for reimbursement of the black polo purchase.
What about the Related Cost in Cleaning the Uniforms?
Depending on the state, the employer may be required to reimburse for any special care that the uniforms require. For example, in California, employers must pay for the dry cleaning of uniforms.
Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?
An experienced employment lawyer can help you obtain reimbursement for any costs associated with your work’s dress code. If numerous of your co-workers have been financially injured by the dress code, then you lawyer can can help you file a class action lawsuit.