A group of baristas and an entrepreneur who serves hot java in bikinis have accepted a paltry settlement from the City of Everett, Washington, after suing for $3 million in 2017 over the city’s dress code that banned their business model.
The Everett City Council voted unanimously on April 5 to settle for $500,000, The Daily Herald reported.
Under the agreement, the city will retain most of its probationary licensing rules for coffee stands and other quick-service businesses but will no longer dictate that baristas wear at least tank tops and shorts, according to the article. Instead, the city will align the dress code rules with an existing standard of lewd behavior that makes it a crime to publicly expose too much of one̵7;s private parts.
As reported, the settlement “may be the final chapter in a saga that dates back to 2009, when the city received “dozens and dozens of complaints” about scantily clad baristas at a drive-thru coffee place called “XO Espresso,” whose outfits sometimes consisted of little more than body paint, stickers and lace underwear.