For years, the city has been seeking civil sanctions to curb illicit behavior at the stands. Criminal cases generate large amounts of video in which naked or nearly naked women are recorded without their knowledge. That video attracts public records requests, which create disclosure headaches. The footage also doesn’t usually prove whether owners were complicit.
The city says in the new filing that bad behavior continues at local stands, because of the “sexually charged atmosphere” and the men it attracts.
Everett has hired a psychotherapist who will argue that women working naked is bad for them and society, court documents show. The plaintiffs on Friday said that argument has “no relevance or bearing and is just fluff.”
The city adopted the dress code in August, requiring baristas to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts. The city also expanded the definition of lewd conduct to include certain areas of skin. In addition, it created a new misdemeanor called “facilitating lewd conduct,” aimed at business owners.