House of Commons high heel petition receives 140,000 signatures

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The House of Commons petitions committee has launched an inquiry into women being forced to wear high heels at work, following a campaign launched by Nicola Thorp, who was told to leave her first day of work as a temporary employee for not complying with uniform rules.

Employed by agency Portico and outsourced to PwC, the 27-year-old actress embarked on the government petition, which has since gathered more than 140,000 signatures, and is being considered for debate in parliament.

Reported by the Evening Standard this Saturday June 11, women who have been forced to wear high heels at work have been invited to share their experiences with MPs via the online forum before the deadline on Thursday June 16.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard, a House of Commons spokeswoman said: “No employer should discriminate against their workers on grounds of gender.

“We expect employers to act in accordance with the law, which is clear that dress codes enforced by employers must be reasonable and include equivalent requirements for both men and women.

“We welcome the opportunity to debate this issue, which is clearly of importance to a large number of people.”

 

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