Dress codes for males and females

The Government Equalities Offices has published new guidance on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination.

Policies for men and women

Kate Fretten, a Partner in our Employment Team, says “This guidance serves as a reminder to employers that dress policies for men and women do not have to be identical. However, the standards imposed should be equivalent. Also, be aware that requiring any gender-specific items, for example specifying that high heels or make up should be worn, is likely to be unlawful.”

It also warns against requiring both men and women to dress provocatively as, whilst that might not be direct sex discrimination, it raises the risk of harassment.


At Frettens, all of our solicitors offer a free initial meeting or chat on the phone to answer your questions. If this article raises issues for you or your business, please call us on 01202 499255 and Kate or Paul will be happy to discuss it with you.