This video from Britain says about itself:
25 January 2017
Women ‘told to wear sheer blouses’ as part of a uniform
She told the BBC: “It made me realise that actually my employer didn’t want me to just look smart and professional, they wanted me to look attractive.”
Scarlet Harris from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said employers needed to “get over it”.
MPs said on Wednesday the government must enforce the law properly to ban sexist dress rules at work that discriminate against women.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Sexist dress codes for women, such as the compulsory wearing of tights and high heels at work, are commonplace among UK corporations. This shows an investigating committee of the British Parliament, which was set up following a petition which received massive support.
British receptionist Nicola Thorp began the petition last year when she was dismissed from her job because she refused to walk all day in high heels. In a short time the petition was signed more than 150,000 times.
The requirements of the agency where Thorp worked:
– It is mandatory for women to wear shoes with heels from 5 to 10 centimeters
– You have to wear make-up and regularly re-apply it
– It is mandatory to wear tights, but these are not allowed to be transparent
British law states that requirements for men and women should be equal. The members of the inquiry recognize that this rule is not observed in many sectors. Especially in the hospitality, travel and staffing industry things often go wrong.
MPs want government to impose fines on companies that discriminate against their employees. The report of the committee says that often discriminatory dress codes are in low paid jobs for young people that also get temporary contracts. There should be an awareness campaign.
The committee has identified 730 complaints through an online forum. “I came in one morning at my work and my boss approached me about my clothing and shoe choice. I had to look sexy, and that meant I had to wear high heels,” said a woman [Jasmine] at the forum.
She complained to her boss because she had to stand all day for her work and because high heels hurt her. “When I asked him if I could exchange my shoes for flats, he replied, what woman cannot walk well in heels?”
Founder Thorp says that her petition was initially about wearing heels, but is happy that its action has uncovered how much discrimination there is in British workplaces.