Government reforms (3): Discrimination and dress codes

dress code
What do we already know? We updated you in our March 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Discrimination and dress codes that the Government had indicated that it would take strong action to tackle sex discrimination at work, including discriminatory dress codes. This was particularly given a joint report by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the…
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Government reforms: Discrimination and dress codes

Discrimination and dress codes
What do we already know? We updated you in our March Newsletter Government reforms (2): Discrimination and dress codes that the Government had indicated that it would take strong action to tackle sex discrimination at work, including discriminatory dress codes, in light of a joint report by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the…
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Government reforms (2): Discrimination and dress codes

Discrimination and dress codes
What do we already know? The House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee published a joint report in January 2017 named High heels and workplace dress codes, available here.  This report is in the wake of 1) the news story of Nicola Thorp who was sent home from work for not…
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Blog: The Dress Code Strikes Back

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
A couple of months ago I blogged about Nicola Thorp, the agency receptionist who left a placement at PWC rather than wear high heels. Last week (whilst desperately seeking some news that wasn’t related to Brexit or party leadership contests) I came across an article in the Scottish press about Erin Sandilands, an 18 year-old…
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Blog: Stiletto Stand-off

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
You’ve got to admire Nicola Thorp, the receptionist at the heart of the PWC high-heels furore that is momentarily distracting the column-writers from Brexit for five minutes. She didn’t want to spend a nine-hour shift escorting people to and from meeting rooms in heels, so she left and kicked up a stink about it. Good…
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Newsflash: ACAS guidance – dress code

ACAS has just published updated guidance, available here, on how to apply dress codes in the workplace. The guidance is a one page summary and its key points are: employers must avoid unlawful discrimination in a dress code policy (for example religious dress should be approached sensitively); employers may use a dress code policy for…
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