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N.Y. Law Firms Say No to Men in Shorts, But One Lawyer Disagrees

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Some white-collar employers are allowing men to wear shorts to work, but apparently New York law firms aren’t among them.

The New York Times contacted Manhattan banks, law firms, stock brokerages and hospitals, and found that none of them permit shorts.

That’s not the case, though, at Salt Lake City advertising agency Richter7, where shorts are a requirement in the summer. The Times declares that it is one of several companies allowing white-collar workers to march into the office in shorts. The article shows photos of men attired in shorts suits and black tied shoes, as well as shorts, blazers and loafers.

At least one lawyer is daring to expose his legs. Manhattan real estate lawyer Hyman Gross, now in his 90s, first proposed wearing shorts to work 15 years ago, only to hear his boss tell him that the office was not a beach club. Last year he decided it was time to embrace shorts. He told the Times he wears them “to and fro” as well as to the ballet and opera.

The Times caught up with him at Bryant Park, “nattily attired in a black polo shirt from Target, a pair of sandy-colored camouflage shorts he bought in a shop in a subway arcade, and a Panama topper from Arnold Hatters.” (He is the sixth photo in the Times’ slide show.)

No one has told Gross he can’t wear shorts. “And if anyone decides they don’t like it or they won’t take me, it’s their loss,” he said.

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