In a statement released Tuesday, Target said the dress code was meant to address concerns that the dress codes for its brands are too broad.
“Our commitment to diversity is one of our highest priorities, and we do not believe that we can create a world without all types of dress codes,” the statement read.
“While we understand that this may be a personal challenge, we believe that all Target customers are able to feel comfortable dressing as they choose, whether they are in their own home, a friend’s home, or anywhere else.
We have been actively communicating with the families of our Target employees to ensure that all of our employees understand and agree to the dress guidelines.”
The statement added that the goal of the dresscode was to provide all of Target’s employees with an opportunity to express their individuality and show their style, rather than restricting their choices.
Target said it will continue to listen to its employees and the communities they work with to find ways to improve diversity.
“We believe in building the future of the company, and our team has worked tirelessly to create the world that we know it can be,” the company said in the statement.
“Target is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace and we will continue working to ensure our diverse teams have access to the support they need to achieve this.”
With files from The Associated Press