A petition that calls for a ban on forcing women to wear high heels at work is debated by MPs.
…MPs said they were “shocked” by stories submitted as part of the inquiry, which included one case of a woman who had been told to dye her hair blonde.
The government has said no employer should discriminate on gender grounds.
…Helen Jones, who chairs the Petitions Committee, said : “It is fair to say that what we found shocked us.
“We found attitudes that belonged more [to the] – I was going to say 1950s but probably the 1850s might be more accurate – than the 21st Century.
…Women should not be expected to wear things that caused discomfort or expense that a male colleague would not, she added.
“I must reiterate that the government utterly condemns such dress requirements where their effects are discriminatory.”