In line with Government guidelines for safe working during the COVID pandemic, access to our office is strictly by a pre-arranged appointment only, and only where absolutely necessary. We are open for business with some staff working in the office and others from home, they can still be contacted in the usual way either by telephone or email.
In respect of your pre-arranged appointment, if you develop symptoms of COVID, or have in the last 14 days come into contact with someone with COVID or symptoms of, we ask that you contact the office by telephone/email to arrange a new appointment or discuss if there is an appropriate alternative to your meeting.
The safety of our staff and clients is of paramount importance to us and so thank you for your continued co-operation during these unprecedented times.
The case of Ms Thorp’s treatment in the workplace has been well publicised. Ms Thorp reported for her first day of work as a receptionist at a firm in the City, wearing smart flat shoes. She was informed by the agency which employed her that she needed to buy shoes with a heel between 2-4 inches high or go home without pay. She declined to buy the shoes and was sent home without pay.
Ms Thorp started a petition to make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work. A Parliamentary committee has now reported on the evidence which they have heard, including from other women who have been similarly treated in the workplace. As well as being required to wear high heels, some women have been required to die their hair blonde, re-apply make up regularly and wear revealing clothes.
Whilst employers are not prohibited by law from setting dress codes, those codes must not breach The Equality Act 2010 which outlaws unfavourable treatment on the grounds of sex.
If you are confused about whether a dress code could be discriminatory, ACAS provides some useful guidance here