Court: German Bosses Can Demand Women Wear Bras That's 'no impingement on personal rights,' ruling determines By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Jan 13, 2011 2:45 AM CST Updated Jan 13, 2011 7:05 AM CST 4 comments Comments Bosses can demand bras and dictate fingernail length, according to a new ruling by a Cologne court. (?Nesster) (Newser) – German bosses can order female workers to wear bras, and even dictate the length of their fingernails, a court has ruled. "Being told to wear a bra and to keep fingernails to shorter than half a centimeter does not impinge on personal rights," ruled the Cologne court. Bosses also have the right to demand that male workers' beards be neatly trimmed—but can't ban certain hair colors or shades of fingernail polish for any employee, notes the Daily Mail. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit by workers challenging demands of an airport security company, but the decision will affect all workplaces, said legal experts.