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Government calls for sexist dress code ban

Published: January 27, 2017

A recent report has called for employers to back changes to dress code laws that discriminate against female workers.

The Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee latest report, entitled High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes, concluded the Equality Act 2010 does not fully protect staff.

It is hoped employers will recognise the need to improve the effectiveness of the Equality Act, as well as the introduction of higher financial penalties for those who do not follow the law.

A government spokesperson said: “No employer should discriminate against workers on grounds of gender – it is unacceptable and is against the law. Dress codes must be reasonable and include equivalent requirements for both men and women.

“The Government Equalities Office will carefully consider this report and will work with its partners to make sure employers comply with the law.”

A recent high-profile case involving a PwC employee has resulted in a change of dress code that required female workers to wear high heels and make-up in the workplace.

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