Do employers have the right to ask female employers to wear makeup to work?

What leeway do employers have when asking female employees to wear makeup to work?
Do employers have the right to ask female employers to wear makeup to work?


According to a study by Renfrew Centre Foundation, 44% of women are dependent on makeup and are left feeling unattractive if they don’t wear it, whilst a quarter of the women surveyed started wearing makeup as early as 13-years-old. However, that still leaves a large portion of women who go makeup-free. With that being the case, do employers have the right to ask female employees to wear makeup to work, and, to what extent is doing so considered a discriminatory breach?

Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of people, especially on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Under the Equality Act 2010, individuals are protected from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. Employers (and other employees) can be severely penalised for breaching discrimination laws.

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