Bikini baristas may become tank-top baristas after ruling

SEATTLE (AP) — The “bikini baristas” in one Washington city might become tank-top baristas following a federal appeals court ruling.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court judge’s decision to block the city of Everett from imposing a dress-code on the scantily clad coffee servers.

The three-judge appeals panel said wearing skimpy attire, sometimes just pasties and a G-string, to sell espresso at drive-through coffee stands does not constitute free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Seven baristas and the owner of a chain of the coffee stands called “Hillbilly Hotties” sued in 2017 to block the dress code, and U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle agreed with them.

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The panel overturned Pechman’s order. Hillbilly Hotties owner Jovanna Edge said she will appeal.

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