Commission comments on receptionist sent home for refusing to wear high heels

Published: 11 May 2016

Commenting on the news that a receptionist was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels, Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said:

'41 years on since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act, it’s baffling that there are still some companies that are practising this sort of outdated sexism.' 'In our view, unless equally stringent requirements are applied to male workers, it is likely that a requirement to wear two inch heels would constitute unlawful discrimination, and we will look into whether action needs to be taken.'

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