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Dress codes under scrutiny after Jobcentre man victory

May 12, 2021

first_imgDress codes under scrutiny after Jobcentre man victoryOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Employers should review their dress codes to ensure they are even-handed,following the victory of a Jobcentre employee who won the right not to have towear a tie to work. An employment tribunal ruled last month that Mark Thompson had beendiscriminated against by his employer because he was forced to wear a shirt andtie for work, while female staff were allowed to wear more casual attire, suchas t-shirts. Lawyers said although the case did not establish any firm precedents, itdoes illustrate the need to apply dress codes so they do not discriminateagainst either sex. “Differences between the sexes on individual items of a dress code willnot, in themselves, be discriminatory,” said Kerstie Steaping,discrimination solicitor at Addleshaw Booth. “Employers should look at theoverall effect of the dress code – consider whether it has a greater or lessfavourable impact on one group of employees.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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