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A report High heels and workplace dress codes, comes after the well-publicised experiences of a London receptionist last year.

Nicola Thorp was sent home from work without pay for not wearing high heels. She then launched a parliamentary petition which received over 150,000 signatures. This led to a joint report by the Parliamentary Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee During their research, the MPs heard from a number of women about their own similar experiences. Some had to unbutton blouses and wear shorter skirts.

Ms Thorp’s employers sent her home after she refused to wear heels between two and four inches high. These were the dress code rules of her employment agency, Portico. Ms Thorp said wearing heels all day wasn’t good for her feet. She added that there wasn’t a dress code for male colleagues. Ms Thorp believes the “the current system favours the employer, and is failing employees.”

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April 11, 2017

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