Nicola Thorp

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Nicola Thorp has petitioned the federal government to vary the legislation on firm gown codes

Calls to make it unlawful for firms to inform girls to put on excessive heels at work have been rejected by the federal government.

The Equalities Workplace mentioned it will as an alternative introduce pointers for companies on office gown codes this summer season.

It mentioned firms ought to assess whether or not their guidelines are “related and lawful”.

The problem was debated in Parliament in March after Nicola Thorp, who was despatched residence for carrying flat sneakers, arrange a petition with extra 152,000 signatures.

Miss Thorp started the petition after being advised to depart a temp job for refusing to put on a “2-4in heel”.

A subsequent parliamentary investigation into heels and company dress codes discovered “widespread discrimination” in workplaces.

The Petitions Committee and Girls and Equalities Committee revealed its findings in January, observing that “probably discriminatory gown codes are commonplace”.

On Friday, the federal government mentioned the legislation was “sufficient” in a formal response to the petition and investigation.

“However we recognise that some employers lack consciousness of the legislation and even select to flout it,” the federal government mentioned.

It added: “The Authorities Equalities Workplace shall be producing steering on gown codes within the office as a particular response to the Thorp petition and the problems it raises.”

Miss Thorp, who’s an equality campaigner from London, merely tweeted: “The Authorities believes that present legislature is ‘sufficient’.”

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MP Maria Miller mentioned “girls’s experiences of the office” wanted to vary

Maria Miller, who chairs the Girls and Equalities Committee, mentioned she welcomed the choice to introduce new pointers.

“This petition, and the committees’ inquiry, have bolstered the necessity for efficient enforcement of laws and for employers and staff to concentrate on their obligations and rights,” she mentioned.

“We welcome the commitments made by the federal government to growing consciousness of these rights.”

Ms Miller mentioned she hoped the subsequent authorities, which will be voted in at the election on 8 June, would “monitor how this modifications girls’s experiences of the office”.

Helen Jones, who chairs the Petitions Committee, added that Miss Thorp’s petition and the resultant investigation had completed a “nice deal” to lift consciousness.

“The federal government has accepted our advice that it ought to be doing far more to enhance understanding amongst employers and staff alike, to stop discriminatory practices within the office,” she mentioned.