The city of Houston has had a ban on beards and goatees for its cops since 1993. Now, though, four officers are suing the city to overturn the ban.
The officers say the no-beards rule is discriminatory:
The officers say the prohibition on beards and goatees is unfair for men who suffer a skin condition that reacts negatively to shaving. The condition can cause severe irritation, rashes and ingrown hair.
The city's set to defend the rule, but it's gonna cost a pretty penny:
The Houston City Council on Wednesday unanimously authorized spending up to $150,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the no-facial hair policy.