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(12 May 2016) A British receptionist who mustered public support after she was sent home from work for refusing to wear heels has been vindicated.
Nicola Thorp, 27, had been told in December that her flat shoes were unacceptable in London while on assignment. She was sent home without pay after refusing to change her shoes.
But Thorp fought back, writing up an online petition asking for it to be made illegal for employers to require female workers to wear heels at work.
Simon Pratt, the managing director of the Portico employment agency, said Wednesday night the firm had changed its policy to allow workers to wear flat shoes if they prefer.
Thorp’s petition had attracted more than 54,000 signatures before the company’s policy was changed.
From British daily The Independent:
Bank tells staff: Don’t forget the lipstick, girls
Anger over seminar where women employees are given advice on what to wear and how to wear it
By Rachel Shields
Sunday, 1 February 2009
While dress codes are standard in many professions, specifying the colour of heels that should be worn and insisting on make-up is interpreted by many as sexist
The Bank of England came under fire last night for “institutional sexism”, after it held a seminar for female staff to advise them on what clothing, shoes and make-up to wear.
In a week when the IMF announced that the British economy will be the hardest hit of all the developed nations, when strikes erupted across the country and as world leaders gathered in Davos to discuss global recession, senior figures at the Bank turned their minds to lipstick and high heels.
On Wednesday, Bank of England employees gathered for a Dress for Success summit, at which female employees were lectured on the importance of wearing appropriate jewellery and make-up in the workplace.
A memo leaked from the meeting details the advice given to staff, including the warning that wearing certain accessories would make women workers look like prostitutes.
“Look professional, not fashionable; be careful with perfume; always wear a heel of some sort – maximum two inches; always wear some sort of makeup, even if it’s just lipstick,” read the memo. It was distributed by the professional image consultancy firm hired by the bank for the event.
“Shoes and skirt must be the same colour. No-nos include ankle chains – “professional, but not the one you want to be associated with” – white high heels; overstuffed handbags; an overload of rings, and double-pierced ears,” it continued.
The Bank of England confirmed yesterday that the session had taken place, but refused to comment further.
Leading equal opportunities solicitors said last night that female employees would have a potential case for legal action against the Bank of England for sexual discrimination. “It is indicative of an institutionally sexist environment. If women are being judged by what they wear, then it suggests that they are being treated differently to male employees,” said Lawrence Davies of solicitors Equal Justice.
“The fact that they are putting the responsibility on independent consultants doesn’t absolve the bank of any sexist behaviour or attitudes that arise from this,” said Mr Davies.
The bank’s actions sparked widespread criticism, with leading City economists, MPs and women’s rights groups all speaking out.
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From British daily The Morning Star:
“Many employers in the retail sector force women workers to wear high heels as part of their dress code.
“Wearing high heels can cause long-term foot problems, such as blisters, corns and calluses, and also serious foot, knee and back pain and damaged joints.”
Union members have voted to take a stand against the risks of wearing high heels in the workplace in favour of more “sensible shoes”: here.
As it stands, many female workers, including airline staff and shop workers, are required to wear stilettos as part of a mandatory dress code, a standard which does not apply to men – even though, as Lorraine Jones of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists pointed out, “Two million working days are lost every year through lower limb and foot-related problems. High heels… are not good for the workplace”: here.
‘THE POLITICS OF PANTYHOSE’ “Corporate dress codes are barometers of the standards of polite society. Between the lines, they also articulate the limits within which power may permissibly intrude on personal space.” [NYT]
ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high-heels or pumps, according to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in a new study of older adults and foot problems: here. See also here.
Furious lecturers have accused Birmingham Metropolitan College of acting like the “fashion police” after they were told they will be sent home to change if they come to work in jeans or scruffy trousers: here.
- A Vindication of the Representation of Women (weekwoman.wordpress.com)
- 30 Days Provides Plenty of Sexism Examples for This Gamer (blogher.com)
- No women on British currency (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- The Bank of England’s £5 note, Elizabeth Fry and the Women of Newgate (victoriandetectives.wordpress.com)