Male Train Drivers Protest Shorts Ban—With Skirts
It's what passes for anarchy in Sweden
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
A dozen male train drivers in Sweden have circumvented a ban on shorts by wearing skirts to work in hot weather.   (BBCNewsManchester/YouTube)

(Newser) – There's a skin-baring revolt under way in Sweden, where the Roslagsbanan train line has banned drivers and conductors from wearing shorts—and a dozen of the aforementioned employees responded by donning skirts this week. As the AP reports, about a dozen men showed up for work in skirts to protest the dress code, and one driver says that commuters have been nothing but supportive of the somewhat eyebrow-raising move. A company spokesman says that while staffers must look "nice and proper," they can't discriminate against employees who wear women's clothes. But perhaps unsurprisingly, he didn't rule out a change to the dress code.

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Jun 9, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
Roslagsbanan management might want to do a reality check: Swedish police may wear shorts as part of their summer uniform. If its OK for the cops, why not for train personnel?
Jun 9, 2013 5:14 PM CDT
Love it! Way to go guys!
Jun 9, 2013 2:36 PM CDT
My dad paid a visit at Texas Instruments wearing his US Army summer dress uniform he had in Viet Nam. T. I. had a strict dress code prohibiting female workforce from wearing shorts (too distracting for males?) The guard who processed my dad was an X-Viet Nam vet and recognized the authenticity of Pop's uniform. Nevertheless the guard was relieved from his post for allowing someone into the plant wearing shorts- DUMB!