Osceola County Clerk of Court issues dress code for courthouse

Employees must abide by new dress code

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Osceola County's clerk of court has issued a detailed dress code for courthouse workers in Osceola County.

The new dress code provides exact examples and pictures of what is appropriate to wear for men and women.

[READ: New dress code | Old dress code]

According to officials with Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez, Ramirez believed the current dress code was not specific enough in that it allowed too much room for interpretation. Officials said that some employees took advantage of the loopholes and lack of specificity.

"Employees have taken advantage of loopholes and ambiguities, and the new policy is simply a guideline to help them make better professional choices," said Marvin Cortner, the clerk's spokesperson.

"The policy will ensure that employees always dress professionally and appropriately and that they will now have better guidelines when buying clothes intended to be worn to work," according to a statement from Ramirez's office.

Among the banned clothes are leggings, shirts with "excessive sequins," ankle high boots or "club shoes." According to the policy, a doctor's note is needed to wear solid white or black athletic shoes and sandals must have more than one strap.

The new policy, which runs 6 pages, was formed through senior and mid-level management, with most of the work involved performed by our special projects team whose members looked at dress codes in private business and other clerk of court offices, according to the statement.

One of the most interesting additions to the policy though was a quote from the 1956 film, "The Ten Commandments," which reads "So let it be written, so let it be done," above Ramirez's signature.

"It's simply for internal use only, it's a stamp, which is essentially equivalent to approved by Mr. Ramirez," Corner said.

Court officials said there are no new changes to the policy and that it's juts better defined, but Local 6 counted at least a dozen new changes between the two policies.

Courthouse employees have a little more than week to sign and date the new policy.

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