UK Lawmakers Debate Mandatory High Heels For Women In The Workplace

Kristine Moore - Author

Mar. 6 2017, Updated 4:35 p.m. ET

In Parliament on Monday, British lawmakers addressed corporate UK rules about mandatory high heels for women in the workplace and told employers that they needed to stop forcing women to don heels as part of their dress code.

This Parliament debate over forcing women to wear high heels to work in the UK began after Nicola Thorp took a temporary job with a London finance firm called PwC, but was told by the agency she was working with, Portico, that there was a decidedly firm dress code in place that required her to wear high heels that were between two to four inches high.

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Also included in this dress code were rules that said women must have no “visible roots” showing in their hair and must also “regularly reapply” their makeup throughout the day. However, it was the mandatory rule saying that Thorp must wear high heels which bothered her the most as she was sent home from work, unpaid, because she wore flat shoes to her job.


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