Many women working in Britain are angry about a new rule being instated by bosses from the Southampton City Council. A memo was recently sent to hundreds of people working in Southern England advising them of a new strictly enforced dress code. The Daily News reports about the memo that also states if women continue wearing mini skirts to work they will be sent home.
The dress code that is now being implemented among workers is specifically detailed within the memo that was sent to 400 staff in children service departments like social work and educational welfare officers. Men are being asked to wear collared shirts with chinos or khakis along with a belt and dress shoes. Women are advised to wear pants, informal dresses and skirts of a “reasonable” length. If a worker is dressed inappropriately they will be sent home from work.
Both workers and union leaders are threatening to fight against the ban on mini-skirts and other attire. Unison branch secretary, Mike Tucker, explains to the Daily Mail how he feels about the memo. Tucker says, “I would have thought the council has got better things to do than impose a regimented approach to what people wear. If anyone is disciplined we are more than happy to defend them."
The dress code debate going on in England spurs the question over how much control bosses should have over their employees wardrobe choices and just how something like this should be enforced.
What do you think of the ban of mini-skirts in Britain?
Do you think workers should be sent home if their skirts are deemed too short?