Dress codes

Employers commonly have a dress code to ensure that all employees understand what standards are appropriate when it comes to their dress and appearance.

A dress code could have rules banning certain items of clothing and footwear (such as jeans, shorts and flip-flops), and rules on other areas of appearance, such as hair, tattoos, and piercings.

Employer may have to adapt the rules to accommodate employees whose cultural or religious needs make it difficult for them to comply with the rules. Employers may have to justify any indirectly discriminatory rules on dress or appearance.

Disney drops dress requirements in inclusion drive

Disney has incorporated inclusion into the values that guide workers' roles at its theme parks.

Religious dress: Modest fashion in women’s working life

12 Feb 2021

What do you need in your wardrobe if your work takes you to the Middle East? Should HR help employees...

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Unilever signs race-based hair discrimination pledge

9 Dec 2020

A group campaigning for an end to race-based hair discrimination has launched a best practice code for workplaces and schools,...

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UPS to allow beards and piercings in new inclusive dress code

11 Nov 2020

Delivery service UPS (United Parcel Service) will relax its rules on employee appearance, lifting a ban on drivers having facial...

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Whole Foods employees sue after punishment for Black Lives Matter masks

22 Jul 2020

Workers at Whole Foods in the US are suing the supermarket – which is owned by Amazon – because they...

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One in six take video calls while partially clothed

8 Apr 2020

Employees are thinking twice before switching their camera on for a work-related video call, it has emerged, with one in...

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Society launches veganism guidance for employers

18 Feb 2020

Following last month’s landmark ruling that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act,...

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MP defends choice to wear off-the-shoulder dress in Parliament

5 Feb 2020

Labour MP Tracy Brabin has defended her choice of attire after she was criticised for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in...

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Dress codes and religious discrimination: what is reasonable?

17 Jan 2020

While having a dress code can help project a professional image, employers need to be careful that their policies do...

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Staff agency for top hotels discriminated against bearded Sikh man

4 Dec 2019

A Sikh man has won £7,000 after an agency which supplies staff to exclusive London hotels said it was not...

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Department store criticised for period badges

29 Nov 2019

A department store in Japan has said it is reviewing a policy where its staff could wear badges indicating whether...

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Can employers insist on their staff wearing or not wearing a poppy in the workplace?

Wearing a poppy in the workplace: myth or reality?

6 Nov 2019

Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...

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Police service discriminated against man with moustache

8 Oct 2019

A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after an industrial tribunal found that the Police Service of Northern...

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Burger King’s beard ban violated workers’ rights, Catalan authorities rule

31 Jul 2019

Burger King’s policy banning staff from having beards, moustaches and stubble violated employees’ rights under Spanish law, authorities in Catalonia...

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Staffline shares slump following six-year minimum wage underpayment

18 Jun 2019

Staffline, one of the biggest recruitment and training agencies in the UK, has seen its shares tumble after PwC delayed...

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