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EOC hits out at sexism in make-up and skirt rules

first_imgThe Equal Opportunities Commission has hit out at “old fashioned”chauvinism following cases of women being forced to wear skirts or make-up atwork.”It is no longer acceptable for employers to impose old-fashionedstereotypes about what women should wear – especially now that women weartrousers and David Beckham wore a sarong,” said a spokeswoman.Last month the Equal Opportunities Review reported that a woman received£500 for injury to feelings after being told to wear make-up at work.In the case, heard last year, the employer insisted that a receptionist wearmake-up “because she has pale skin”. She left but did not qualify fora constructive dismissal claim because of her short service.This claim follows the high-profile case of Judy Owen, who won the right towear trousers after a tribunal ruled against the Professional GolfersAssociation (Personnel Today, 25 January).The EOC said there has not been a surge in such cases, but insteadincreasing opposition to them. “Many people were shocked to find theseattitudes still exist,” the spokeswoman added.www.irseclipse.co.uk/publications/dcld.htmlwww.eoc.org.uk Previous Article Next Article EOC hits out at sexism in make-up and skirt rulesOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more