High heels row: Petition for work dress code law rejected

Image copyright PA Image caption Nicola Thorp has petitioned the government to change the law on company dress codes

Calls to make it illegal for companies to tell women to wear high heels at work have been rejected by the government.

The Equalities Office said it would instead introduce guidelines for firms on workplace dress codes this summer.

It said companies should assess whether their rules are "relevant and lawful".

The issue was debated in Parliament after Nicola Thorp, who was sent home for wearing flat shoes, set up a petition with more 152,000 signatures.

It follows a parliamentary inquiry into work dress codes which found "widespread discrimination" against women at work.

Helen Jones, who chairs the Petitions Committee, which considers petitions from members of the public, said last month that MPs were "shocked" by their findings.

But the government said laws already in place were "adequate" to deal with workplace discrimination.


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