Bikini Baristas Under Attack
The Big Government Elites are coming for
our God, our Guns and our Bikinis
(Herald) - A U.S. appeals court is weighing the legality of Everett ordinances that regulate coffee-stand dress.
Definitions of human anatomy and First Amendment rights continue to play a central role in the ongoing legal saga between bikini baristas and the city of Everett.
The two sides appeared Monday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to argue, again, over city ordinances that would restrict what baristas working at coffee stands could wear. Adopted in August 2017, a city law required employees at fast food restaurants, food trucks and coffee stands to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts.
The baristas sued the city in response. In December 2017, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the ordinances cannot be enforced until the lawsuit is resolved. Some terms in the city’s rules are “not well-defined or reasonably understandable,” Judge Marsha Pechman said at the time.
The city then asked the 9th Circuit to review the enforcement ban, also known as a preliminary injunction.
The arguments at Monday’s hearing were much the same as before, revolving around how much or how little clothing certain restaurant employees in Everett can wear, and whether such rules violate their civil rights.
The baristas have argued that their outfits are works of art and that they’re exercising their free speech rights to share positive messages about their bodies while earning a living.
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