Excessive heels row: Petition for work costume code legislation rejected

Nicola Thorp

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Nicola Thorp has petitioned the federal government to alter the legislation on firm costume codes

Calls to make it unlawful for firms to inform girls to put on excessive heels at work have been rejected by the federal government.

The Equalities Workplace mentioned it could as an alternative introduce tips for corporations on office costume codes this summer time.

It mentioned firms ought to assess whether or not their guidelines are “related and lawful”.

The difficulty was debated in Parliament in March after Nicola Thorp, who was despatched house for carrying flat sneakers, arrange a petition with extra 152,000 signatures.

Miss Thorp started the petition after being advised to go away a temp job for refusing to put on a “2-4in heel”.

A subsequent parliamentary investigation into heels and company dress codes discovered “widespread discrimination” in workplaces.

The Petitions Committee and Ladies and Equalities Committee revealed its findings in January, observing that “probably discriminatory costume codes are commonplace”.

On Friday, the federal government mentioned the legislation was “satisfactory” in a formal response to the petition and investigation.

“However we recognise that some employers lack consciousness of the legislation and even select to flout it,” the federal government mentioned.

It added: “The Authorities Equalities Workplace can be producing steerage on costume codes within the office as a particular response to the Thorp petition and the problems it raises.”

Miss Thorp, who’s an equality campaigner from London, merely tweeted: “The Authorities believes that present legislature is ‘satisfactory’.”

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MP Maria Miller mentioned “girls’s experiences of the office” wanted to alter

Maria Miller, who chairs the Ladies and Equalities Committee, mentioned she welcomed the choice to introduce new tips.

“This petition, and the committees’ inquiry, have bolstered the necessity for efficient enforcement of laws and for employers and workers to concentrate on their obligations and rights,” she mentioned.

“We welcome the commitments made by the federal government to rising consciousness of these rights.”

Ms Miller mentioned she hoped the following authorities, which will be voted in at the election on 8 June, would “monitor how this adjustments girls’s experiences of the office”.

Helen Jones, who chairs the Petitions Committee, added that Miss Thorp’s petition and the resultant investigation had performed a “nice deal” to lift consciousness.

“The federal government has accepted our advice that it ought to be doing rather more to enhance understanding amongst employers and workers alike, to stop discriminatory practices within the office,” she mentioned.