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This article was published on August 10th, 2015
Last month, rumours abounded that the Cannes Film Festival had banned flat shoes. Employers should take note of the problems the issue of prescribed clothing can cause.
The organisers reportedly said there was no high-heel requirement. But the publicity around this has nonetheless brought dress codes into sharp focus. It’s a reminder that any rules about what may and may not be worn – whether at a glitzy affair or in day-to-day office life – must be well-conceived.
Allegations of sexism can quickly surface. And there’s also the possibility that not everyone may be physically able to conform.
So it’s easy to see how an employer who required female employees to wear stilettos at work (for example) would find all sorts of discrimination claims hot on their, um, heels.
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