Tie tribunal win opens door to further discrimination claims

Civil
servant Mark Thompson has won his employment tribunal case over the way he was
asked to dress for work.

The
Manchester Tribunal ruled that he had been discriminated against because he was
forced to wear a tie, while female staff were allowed to wear T-shirts.

Thompson,
an administrative assistant from Stockport, had been supported by the Public
and Commercial Services Union, which now has several other cases lined up.

The
Department of Work and Pensions said dress standards were still an important
part of providing services to the public.   

By Ross Wigham

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