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Dress codes and sex discrimination

The Government Equalities Office recently published guidance on dress codes and sex discrimination.

The guidance details:

  • The legal responsibilities of employers in relation to dress codes in the workplace;
  • Employee entitlements; and
  • Advice to employees in relation to infringement of their rights.

The guidance only covers employee’s rights, and does not deal with the rights of ‘workers’. As a result, the guidance has been criticised due to its ambiguity and there is little covered in relation to dress codes issues such as religion, health and safety, transgender and also the need of reasonable adjustments for disabilities.

Link to guidance: