Bri­tish law­mak­ers could put end to high-heel dress codes

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Bri­tain

In a de­bate that has gone from of­fice cor­ri­dors to Bri­tain’s Par­lia­ment, law­mak­ers put their foot down Mon­day and told em­ploy­ers to stop mak­ing women wear high heels as part of cor­po­rate dress codes.

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment de­bated a ban on manda­tory work­place high heels, in re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion started by a re­cep­tion­ist who was sent home with­out pay for wear­ing flat shoes. The de­bate was non­bind­ing, but the gov­ern­ment promised to act against heel­height rules, makeup guide­lines and other cor­po­rate codes that ap­ply to women but not to men.

Labour law­maker Helen Jones, who helped lead a par­lia­men-

TIM IRE­LAND / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Nicola Thorp, out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment in Lon­don on Mon­day, started a pe­ti­tion af­ter be­ing told her flat shoes were not ac­cept­able while work­ing at a firm in the city in 2015.

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