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Bikini Baristas Sue Washington City Over Dress Code Law

They just want to wear bikinis and serve coffee.

Some bikini-clad baristas in Everett, Washington, filed a lawsuit Monday against the city, alleging that two ordinances banning bikinis and bare skin on restaurant employees, violates their right to privacy and constitutional rights to free expression.

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The ordinances were passed unanimously by the City Council last month. According to the Seattle Times, the suit claims that these ordinances deny bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate and express themselves through their choice of swimwear. Additionally, they infringe on their right to privacy and deny them due process.

Attorney Schuyler Lifschultz said, “This is not about the bikini. It’s about women’s rights and the U.S. Constitution. The City of Everett violated these women’s rights across the board.”

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, asks the federal court to declare unconstitutional the ordinances which went into effect on September 5.

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