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MPs reject new law for dress code for women

24 April 2017

Existing legislation was described as "adequate" by the Equalities Office, as the call for a new law banning companies from telling women to wear high heels at work was rejected.

This is the latest development in the issue first highlighted by Nicola Thorp after she was sent home for refusing to wear high heels while working as a receptionist.

She raised a petition that received more than 152,000 signatures that saw the issue debated in Parliament, winning widespread support from MPs.

A Parliamentary investigation into company dress codes also found that discrimination was widespread in the work lace.

Commenting on the Equalities Office decision, Ms Thorp said: "It shouldn't be down to people like myself, the government should take responsibility and put it in legislation.

"It do think it is a little bit of a cop-out," said Ms Thorp, according to the BBC.

The government said that it is already against the law to discriminate against workers on the grounds of gender, although it conceded that the message could be more clearly explained to employers.

"We recognise that some employers lack awareness of the law or even choose to flout it," the government statement read.

It further stated the Equalities Office will be produce workplace dress codes guidance "as a specific response to the Thorp petition and the issues it raises".

The announcement was welcomed by Women and Equalities Committee chair Maria Miller.


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