Thursday, January 26, 2017

'High Heels And Workplace Dress Codes: Urgent Action Needed,' Say U.K. MPs - FORBES

by Dina Medland
Originally published: January 25, 2017
Publisher: Forbes.com 

It wasn't a man who was sent home from work at a big accountancy firm in London for not wearing heels - it was a woman named Nicola Thorp. As a result of that incident at PwC in December 2015, U.K. MPs have today said that the government must act to ensure that the Equality Act of 2010 is properly enforced, by banning discriminatory dress rules at work, and threatening businesses that do not comply with financial penalties delivered via employment tribunals.

Nicola Thorp had a job as a receptionist at PwC, one of the Big Four accountancy firms, when she was sent home in December 2015 without pay, for not wearing heels. Asked to buy a pair with at least a two-inch heel, she refused, pointing out that men were not required to wear similar shoes. She then launched a parliamentary petition, calling for a law to stop firms from requiring women to wear high heels at work.