I'm in law school and interning with this big firm and they allowed to be in court yesterday. The lawyer on the other side was a young muslim woman and she was wearing a headscarf and well a kind of loose dress. Kind like this
And the judge basically called her out for it, saying he doesn't expect much but he asks that the men in his court wear a suit and tie and the women an equivalent and he didn't deem her outfit appropriate. She responded saying that it is her religion to dress modest and he said it wasn't about religion. If she had worn a mini skirt he would have called her out too and that he asks lawyers in his court to dress uni-formal because it eliminates stereotype.
At that point a different lawyer from her firm took over and that was the end of that. So ya I thought it was interesting topic.
Do you agree with him? That she should dress as other female lawyers as well even though it might not be considered modest enough for her religion?
I think he is right that the suit has become a de facto uniform in a lot of offices so that clothes aren't the center of attention and other things can be. Remember this guy, kinda the same story
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As long as the clothing is appropriate and not dangerous, it should be okay. There certainly was no danger presented by her apparel I ever courtroom, and that outfit was as good as a suit on a man, so I see nothing wrong with it. I think the firm should have reported that judge to the Bar Association.0
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Free country, wear what you want... Not really true: many many jobs and schools require students and employees to wear a mandatory uniform so as to avoid any and all of these situations where for whatever reason, someone feels like they should be able to wear something different even if they signed up to adhere to the dress code.
Now granted, don't know if that's the case here, but in the court of law, there is a reason lawyers tell their clients to dress a certain way--it's because from teh moment they walk in, people are judging them, and it's the same for the lawyers behind them. No male lawyer is going to wear a red shirt and a mickey mouse tie to work in the same way, no female lawyer is going to wear a low cut top and mini skirt. They won't be taken seriously. In the case of the religious garb, it can in fact, be seen as a distraction by those in the court. Some people just hate people who are different and you show up in religious garb, that juror might totally tune you out because of it. Shouldn't happen, but we clearly know it does in the same way a client showing up in pjs wouldn't be taken seriously or may be tuned out as not carrying about his or her case.
I think there are other factors here at play outside of making this about religion. I also think she could very easily be modest in a pant suit with a button down long sleeve shirt. All her skin would be covered and it would be modest.0