Dress Codes at Work

The Government Equalities Offices has published new guidance on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination.

It reminds employers of the current law under the Equality Act 2010. The Guidance emphasises that whilst that dress policies for men and women do not have to be identical, standards imposed on both genders should be equivalent. It also warns that requiring any gender-specific items, such as high heels, which have a detrimental effect on one gender is likely to be unlawful.

The Guidance also addresses issues relating to dress codes and health and safety, reasonable adjustments for disabled employees, dealing with dress codes in relation to transgender staff, and dress codes and religious symbols.

If you have any queries about dress codes at work or any other employment-related query, please get in touch with Charlotte Braham in the Employment Department on 01494 893529.


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