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DRESS CODES: Lessons from the heelgate inquiry

07 April 2017  

Following the recent parliamentary inquiry into high heels and dress codes, Jonathan Iyer considers how employers can avoid sex discrimination when drawing up standards for personal appearance in the workplace

A dress code can have a number of benefits for an employer. It can allow it to communicate a corporate image or standardise its brand. It can help to instil trust and confidence in the business, projecting an image of professionalism and trustworthiness. Other considerations include health and safety and removing uncertainty about which items of clothing are, or are not, acceptable in a particular workplace environment. A dress code may also foster a culture of belonging.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Lemes v Spring and Green Ltd [2009] unreported, Employment Tribunal, Employment Judge Anthony Snelson