Dress-code rule provokes discrimination claim

A male Jobcentre employee is claiming sex discrimination over the
organisation’s dress code.

The Department for Work and Pensions introduced a rule last year that
requires all male staff to wear a shirt and tie to work. They need permission
from management to remove the tie, even in hot weather, and face disciplinary
action if they do not comply.

Matthew Thompson, an administrative worker at the Stockport Jobcentre, said
the code was discriminatory, as women were not required to wear specific items
of clothing. They were allowed to wear T-shirts, he added.

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