Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by George

Business casual code dress for women and men

Dress code in the workplace should be reasonable, and make it a legitimate requirement for both women and men to justify its purpose.

Employers can set an affordable traditional of dress and appearance that suits their trade, as long as they are do not discriminate.

It is discriminatory if it treats one group of people less favourably than another, and it is unreasonable to do so.

Research has made some employers state

‘while trying to maintain the desired image, employees need to project a professional image to our customers, potential employees, and community visitors’.

With aiding staff visibility, these ends should be obtained without the need for gender-specific dress requirements.

Dress code and appearance in the workplace

While all workers affected by these policies, certain groups may find themselves, in particular circumstances.

When and if they cannot abide by certain requirements of clothing or hair styling or conflict at the beginning or considering social gender transition.

With the recent House of Commons decision, to hold an inquiry into high heels and workplace dress codes.

Following a petition asking for the law to be changed. Attracted almost 150,000 signatures, however, employers are entitled to set dress code for their workforce. But the law is clear that these dress codes must be reasonable.

Company workplace setting

Clothing that reveals an excessive amount of cleavage, your back, your chest, your feet, your abdomen or your underclothing, may not be appropriate for an area of business, even in a very business casual setting.

Desired image for employees and employers.

An employer’s dress code must not be discriminatory in respect of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 for age, disability, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Acas Working for everyone

Acas workplace advice and guidance, for employees and employers.

  • Reasonable adjustments must be made for disabled people when dress codes are in place.
  • Dress codes must apply to both men and women equally, although they may have different requirements.
  • Employers may have health and safety reasons for having specific standards.
  • Employers must avoid unlawful discrimination in any dress code policy.

Employers must avoid unlawful discrimination, but If your business clothing mantra is “ smart and professional,” it’s pretty hard to go wrong with this, regardless of the environment in which you work.

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