Harold was tall, dark and handsome with muscles that rippled like a quiet little brook.
Consequently, when he took a test to become a police officer -- which he passed with flying colors -- it was an odds-on bet he would be welcomed as the perfect man to wear the shield.
However, a problem developed when it was discovered that, on occasion, he would wear nothing else.
It seemed that Harold was a nudist.
"We can't hire a nudist police officer," protested the police commissioner. "Not only would it embarrass Harold, it would embarrass the whole police department. Not only would he be teased constantly by his fellow officers, but he'd be laughed out of court every time he was called as a witness and asked to bare the facts."
"Nonsense," responded Harold. "There's nothing wrong with being a nudist. My wife and I belong to a very respectable nudist club that boasts of some very highly respected neighborhood members. There's not one of us who can't look the other in the face!"
Turned down as a member of the police department, Harold took the matter to court.
IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE ...
Would you order under-covered Harold to be hired as a member of the police force?
THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED ...
The judge held that under the constitution, a citizen generally has a constitutional right to public employment. The fact that an applicant for public employment is a nudist, standing alone, is no reason for a municipal police department to deny an applicant employment as a police officer.
Based on a 1970 United States Court of Appeals decision.