High heels row – my thoughts

An inquiry into work dress codes has exposed “widespread discrimination” against women, MPs have said.

The investigation was prompted by a petition, being debated by MPs, that called for a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work.

MPs said they were “shocked” by stories submitted as part of the inquiry, which included one case of a woman who had been told to dye her hair blonde.

The government has said no employer should discriminate on gender grounds. Work dress codes “must be reasonable”, it said.

More than 152,000 people signed the petition set up by Nicola Thorp, from London, after she was sent home from her temp job when she refused to wear shoes with a “2in to 4in heel”.

It was debated in Parliament because it reached more than 100,000 signatures.

I worked for a US company many years ago, and the rules were:

For women: no trousers – skirts only, smart shoes- no boots.
For men – no facial hair, no white socks.

Is hard to imagine nowadays but in a company where sales are key, image was important.

I agree companies should not be able to insist staff wear high heels. Personally, I’m loving kitten heels nowadays – they’re  comfy, a good compromise and the PM looks good in hers!

As for no white socks for men, I’m still all for it!

Hilary Meredith