Monday, February 20, 2017

Is it ever fair to expect employees to dress a certain way? - PERSONNEL TODAY

by  Jo Faragher 
Originally published:  February 16, 2017

When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate and a subsequent parliamentary inquiry. Now the results of the inquiry have been published, what does this mean for employers who operate uniform or dress code policies?

If you work for the Trump administration in the US, women need to “dress like women”, while male staffers are expected to have “good stature, hair well-groomed” and always wear ties, according to a source close to the White House.

Here in the UK, dress codes have also been making headlines. High heels and workplace dress codes, a report issued by the Women and Equalities Commission and the Petitions Committee last month, made for surprising reading at times.

The committees collected evidence from women who had been subject to indirectly or directly discriminatory dress codes at work.