British sexist bosses, new report

This video from the USA about the Rupert Murdoch empire says about itself:

Gretchen Carlson Put Up With Sexist BULLS**T At FOX News

8 July 2016

This week, Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against her former employer, FOX News CEO Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. And he wasn’t the only one who made it an intolerable workplace.

By Sofia Lotto Persio in Britain:

Workplace dress codes ‘verge on sex discrimination

Wednesday 21st September 2016

EMPLOYERS’ differing expectations of workplace appearance verge on sexual discrimination, an employment law firm said yesterday.

Slater and Gordon researchers found that almost one in three women have been told by their bosses that changing their appearance would be “better for business.”

The survey of 2,000 employees revealed significant differences in men and women’s experiences.

One in 20 women said bosses had told them to wear more make up in the office or with clients because it would make them “more appealing.”

And one in 10 said their employer has unfairly criticised their appearance in the office.

Slater and Gordon’s employment lawyer Josephine Van Lierop said: “There are still far too many employers who think it is acceptable to make disparaging remarks or comments about a woman’s appearance.

“This sort of sexism is all too prevalent in the workplace — particularly in certain sectors such as financial services, hospitality and the City.”

In contrast, 54 per cent of men surveyed said they have never received comments about their appearance and almost half agreed that more attention was paid to their female colleagues’ appearance than their own.

Only 3 per cent of them reported being told to dress smarter by their more senior colleagues, by in particular removing hair dye, jewellery and covering any visible tattoos.

Another report out yesterday by conciliation service Acas actually found that employers are likely to miss out on talented workers due to negative attitudes over tattoos, with almost a third of young people now having one.

Stephen Williams of Acas said: “Rules around appearance at work should be based on the law where appropriate, and the needs of the business, not managers’ personal preferences.”

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