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Are laws on sexist dress codes failing female employees?

The issue of dress codes for women in the UK has once again made headlines following today's parliamentary report into sexist dress codes in the workplace. The report was commissioned as a result of a petition, which gathered more than 152,000 supporters, set up by a London receptionist who was sent home last year for refusing to wear heels. The petition called for "outdated and sexist" dress codes to be changed so that women have the option to wear flat shoes in the work place.

The Parliamentary Committee report uncovered further examples of discrimination, for example they heard evidence from female employees who have been told to dye their hair blonde, wear revealing clothes and use more make up.

The Committee further found that the current system favours the employers and is failing employees.

It is extremely important that more awareness is raised of the issues to remind employers of their obligations.

If you have ever faced discrimination in the workplace and require legal advice then please contact Pauline Del Monaco on 01254 872272 for a no obligation discussion or via email at

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