High Heels and Workplace Dress

10 May 2017

The Government has issued its response to a parliamentary investigation into the issue of discriminatory dress codes at work. It follows a petition instigated by Nicola Thorp, the receptionist who hit the headlines after being sent home from work at PwC for refusing to wear high heels.

The Government has issued its response to a parliamentary investigation into the issue of discriminatory dress codes at work. It follows a petition instigated by Nicola Thorp, the receptionist who hit the headlines after being sent home from work at PwC for refusing to wear high heels.

Existing equality laws are adequate, the Government has said, and so it will not be introducing specific legislation to deal with these dress code issues. It acknowledged, however, that there is a lack of awareness around workplace dress codes, and that will be dealt with through guidance rather than new laws.

The Government said:

“The law is designed to protect the rights of women in the workplace but we accept that awareness of the law among employers and employees is patchy and that there are bad employers who knowingly flout the law—this is where Government can do more to raise awareness and knowledge of employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.”


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