Employer dress codes

22 May 2018

The government has published new guidance on dress codes. The guidance comes from the back of an inquiry following a petition in 2016. The Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee issued a joint report on high heels and workplace dress codes recommending among other things, that the government publish new guidance for employers. Parliament also recommended, and the government agreed, that awareness of these issues should be raised among older pupils and students, to ensure they are equipped to safeguard their rights in the world of work.

The law already prohibits unlawful sex discrimination, victimisation and harassment in the workplace but many people, especially younger people, may be unaware that they cannot lawfully be sacked or demoted for challenging a discriminatory dress code.