Fine employers who make women wear heels, MPs say

Author: Rosemary Bennett

The Times, London, copied from "World and Press",

March 2, 2017, 11.


Some companies in Britain ask female employees to wear short skirts, high heels and to "look sexy".

Women have been told to wear short skirts and plunging necklines and even dye their hair blonde, according to a report by MPs into "dress codes" imposed on them at work. A special parliamentary investigation heard from women who were also ordered to reapply make-up throughout the day and told off for wearing loose clothing in hot weather.

The "troubling" experiences of female staff were uncovered by the inquiry into the case of Nicola Thorp, a London receptionist sent home from her temporary job last May because she was not wearing high heels. MP's said they wanted to find out how widespread such practices were.


They called for companies to face fines for such discrimination and for employment tribunals to make awards against employers who flout the law. The petitions  committee, which considers parliament's response to large public petitions, and the women and equalities committee said it became clear in the course of the inquiry that Ms. Thorp's was not an isolated case.

"We heard from hundreds of women who told us about the pain and long-term damage caused  by wearing high heels for long periods in the workplace, as well as from women who had been required to dye theit hair blonde, to wear revealing outfits and to constantly reapply make-up," the report said.


"The government has said the exciting law is clear, and that the dress code that prompted this petition is already unlawful. Nevertheless, the discriminatory dress codes remain widespread"

The MPs said it was clear the existing law was failing fully to protect employees from discrimination at work and urged ministers to review and strengthen it if necessary.

Women and campaign groups who gave evidence said "dress codes" operated by companies often required a sexualised appearance, sending out the message that looks were of more value than skills or experience.


"There have been statements from women expressing that being asked to look 'sexy' in the workplace leads to the uncomfortable realisation that the business they work for is profiting from their bodies," the Fawcett Society campaign group said in its evidence. It said women working in a casino were criticised for wearing loose clothing on a hot day, and were sent off regularly to touch up theit make-up.

"This also affects women at the top of public life as we have seen from headlines since Theresa May became prime minister. Having a society where it is normal to judge women in their professional life by their appearance and their shoes is not just rediculous but demeans women who reach the top of their careers, and limits women's participation in politics," it said.

Ms Thorp said it was clear that she was not alone. "This may have started over a pair of high heels but what it has revealed about discrimination in the UK workplace is vital," she said. "It is crucial that the law is amended so that gender neutral dress codes become the norm."

I'm wondering:

1. What is more important to you - to look sexy on business or to look neutral?


2. Are you agree to keep you perfect appearance at work or would you rather prefer to look casual?


3. Would you like to wear high heel shoes at work? 


Be free to answer my three questions and

                                                   Live Stylish!

                        Stay Healthy!

                          Eat Organic!

                           Be Natural!

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Comments: 20
  • #1

    Joanna (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:19)

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.


  • #2

    serena (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:58)

    amazing post

  • #3

    Vika (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:05)

    Спасибо за интересную информацию) с удовольствием почитала)

  • #4

    Paola Lauretano (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:25)

    Interesting post, thanks for sharing!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  • #5

    Rebbeltje (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:37)

    wünsche dir einen schönen Tag
    Sonne ist da... ;)
    Liebe grusse

  • #6

    audrey (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:06)

    great post!

  • #7

    Shybiker (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:52)

    While employers have a legitimate interest in having their staff look professional, there's no place in the workplace for sexy attire. Requiring it is simply wrong. Government action is needed to curb such sexism.

  • #8

    Paola Lauretano (Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:10)

    Have a lovely day!
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  • #9

    Aneta (Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:13)

    I don't like wearing high heels and fortunately I don't have to. If I was to work in the office, I'd wear shoes with heels up to 3 cm.

  • #10

    Lorna (Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:59)

    Wow, that's shocking! I had no idea that work place dress codes were like that. I'm shocked! How discriminating. I understand looking presentable, but that's just wrong.

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  • #11

    Ashley (Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:45)

    Such an interesting + shocking read!


  • #12

    Rena (Friday, 21 April 2017 15:36)

    Das ist ja nicht zu fassen! Zum Glück kann ich in meiner Arbeit sowohl hohe als auch niedrige Schuhe tragen - ich trage beides. Und ob ich geschminkt, mit engen oder weiten Klamotten komme, ist glücklicherweise auch meine Entscheidung. Alles andere finde ich sehr diskriminierend.
    xx Rena

  • #13

    Eleine (Friday, 21 April 2017 17:10)

    Great post!

  • #14

    Alice (Friday, 21 April 2017 17:22)

    Interesting :) Have a nice weekend :)

  • #15

    Isy (Friday, 21 April 2017 20:17)

    I love shoes!

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  • #16

    italian web influencer (Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:10)

    very interesting article my dear
    new outfit on my blog
    have an happy day, kisses

  • #17

    Axay (Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:16)

    Sehr gutter Artikle velen danke

  • #18

    Sweet Poppy (Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:17)

    Amazing post!!!

  • #19

    Lorean (Tuesday, 02 May 2017 23:14)

    Interesting post.
    While I had heard of certain dress code rules you had to abide by, I had not heard of such ridiculous things as having to dye your hair blond ! This would only make sense if you are an actress playing a part...

  • #20

    Lisa Russo (Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:33)

    I think heels should definitely be optional! I feel that as long as the shoes are business appropriate, if they're heels or not should not be an issue...