Lancaster Mayor Seeks to Ban Necktie Requirements for City Employees After Study Reveals Possible Health Risks

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris says his proposal to ban necktie requirements is a matter of public health. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris says his proposal to ban necktie requirements is a matter of public health. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Californians aren’t exactly known for their stuffy workplace attire. Even so, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris wants to forbid all city employers from requiring workers to don the enemy of the casual wardrobe: neckties.

At a council meeting this week, Parris asked the city attorney to look into whether such a policy is feasible.

The seemingly random proposal is a matter of public health, Parris said. Last week, the mayor came across a new study published in the journal Neuroradiology that suggests wearing neckties may lower blood flow to the brain, potentially curbing creativity and analytical thinking. The study contends that restricting circulation by such an amount — 7.5% on average, according to the research — could have fatal implications for someone with high blood pressure.

“I spend a lot of hours every week on an elliptical or a bike just to increase blood flow to my brain,” Parris said, “and it turns out every morning when I put on a tie I’m diminishing it.”

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