The Government Equalities Office has recently issued non-statutory guidance on workplace dress codes, setting out general principles and giving examples of acceptable and unacceptable requirements. While it is clear that it is legitimate to have a dress code which puts reasonable requirements on employees in respect of standards of dress, it is important that dress codes do not discriminate. Dress codes may be discriminatory on the basis that they put one sex at a disadvantage or that they amount to harassment. This is likely to amount to discrimination. Similarly, it may be discriminatory to impose gender specific requirements, such as the requirement for women to wear make-up or have manicured nails. It is clear from the case law and the new guidance, that dress codes for men and women, including uniform provided by the employer, need not be identical, provided they both require the same standard.
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Sexual provocation and the office dress code - 3 Plus International
Beth was trying to remember how she ended up with a short skirt, a transparent tube top and no panties at work. It all started with an innocent forward that contained jokes or so she thought. Only after listening voice mail from Dave volunteering for the post of spanking manager, did she actually read the email, she forwarded. Besides the first screen of jokes, there was a survey for a new dress code for women. It went on something like this. This survey is used to establish what the dress code will be like. Please email me the results.
Sex Based Dress Code Liability
In November , concerns started appearing in the media — raised initially by servers in a CBC Marketplace inquiry - about restaurants with dress codes that require female servers to wear short skirts, tight dresses, high heels and low-cut tops to work. This media inquiry provided us an opportunity to restate our long-standing position on sexualized dress codes. Even though they may be commonplace and normalized across the restaurant industry, sexualized dress codes reinforce stereotypical and sexist notions about women. Human rights decisions dating back to the s have found these to be a violation of human rights laws.
Sterling work by undercover reporters for the Financial Times have caused a storm around the Presidents Club. Reports of their annual gala dinner involving horrific harassment of hostesses , paid surprisingly little to cater to the whims of rich powerful men under alarmingly draconian conditions have quickly caused the club to close. This is just the latest in a long line of scandals regarding men in powerful positions using them to abuse, harass and sexually manipulate women. The potent backlash to the Presidents Club revelations and the ongoing MeToo movement suggest that we may be undergoing a long-overdue societal shift when it comes to sexual politics and interactions, especially with regard to men exploiting their power over women.