Wednesday 7 December 2016

Let's kick off our heels and remind bosses being sexy at work is not a job requirement

Lorraine Courtney

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

A video grab taken from BBC News of Nicola Thorp, who claims she was sent home after she refused to wear high heels at work (PA)
A video grab taken from BBC News of Nicola Thorp, who claims she was sent home after she refused to wear high heels at work (PA)

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition after a British woman said she was sent home without pay from a temping job at PricewaterhouseCoopers because she wasn't wearing a pair of high heels, or more specifically shoes with a heel of between two and four inches.

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If you wrote this into a novel about sexism in the workplace, it would seem a bit far-fetched. "Too much," your editor would tell you. "You need to tone it down a little."

When Nicola Thorp rang a UK employee-rights helpline, she was told that employers have the right to impose a dress code. The temping company, Portico, has now backed down and said that PwC had asked it to review and revise its policy. Portico released the following statement: "We are therefore making it very clear, that with immediate effect, all our female colleagues can wear plain flat shoes or plain court shoes as they prefer."

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