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Photo: GagliardiPhotography (Shutterstock) This week, Hooters, one of America’s top owl-themed casual dining chains, revealed a new uniform policy for its food servers. Surprisingly, the new uniforms feature even skimpier shorts. Angry Hooters servers took to TikTok to decry the new uniforms ( although some reported making more money with the new gear ), pointing out that they’re basically like underwear and sort of gross. After millions of TikTok views and a minor media uproar, Hooter’s reversed course. “As we continue to listen and update the image of the Hooters Girls, we are clarifying that they have the option to choose from traditional uniforms or the new ones,” a spokesperson for the company wrote Business Insider . “They can determine which style of shorts best fits their body style and personal image.” The entire imbroglio—which, like everything, could be a publicity stunt working as intended—got me thinking about the legality of forcing employees to wear sexy clothing, so I asked Chicago employment attorney Wesley Johnson. Full disclosure: Wesley is my older, clearly more successful, brother. Can employers force employees to wear sexy clothes? “Laws regarding what employers can compel their employees to wear vary from state to state, and even city to city, but in general, whether an employer can mandate suggestive clothing depends on the type of business,” Johnson said. “The prevailing legal view is that a strip club, or a restaurant like Hooters, can require its employees who interact with the public to wear this kind of […]