The Parliamentary Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee have responded to a petition signed by more than 150,000 people by publishing a joint report “High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes”.
The petition demanded that such requirements be made unlawful. The government’s position, however, is that it already is unlawful. As employment lawyers we would be more circumspect and say that this depends on the circumstances.
The report, which can be found here, makes 3 basic recommendations. Whether or not the government has either the time or the inclination to act on them is another matter.
The recommendations are: a government review of the law; introduction of more effective remedies; and the introduction of awareness campaigns and detailed guidance (the ACAS guidance was criticised).