New guidance on dress codes released

  • Joanne Baker-Gabb
  • Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The government has released new guidance on dress codes, following a recommendation from the Women and Equalities Select Committee. The guidance highlights that dress codes can be legitimate but that standards for men and women must be equivalent

The guidance specifically highlights the requirement for women to wear high heels as being likely to be direct discrimination: “a dress code could be unlawful, for example, if it requires female employees to wear high heels, with all the discomfort and inherent health issues these can cause, because it treats women less favorably than men…”.

The guidance also covers transgender staff and religious symbols. The full guidance can be found here.