New uniforms issued to female staff working on Virgin Trains has resulted in a protest. Some employees claim it includes a “flimsy” and “revealing” red blouse that they believe would allow passengers to see any dark coloured underwear. The company has reportedly responded to concerns by offering vouchers for the purchase of lighter coloured bras.
This article looks at the legal issues surrounding dress code in the workplace – and considers whether Virgin could be opening itself up to claims of indirect discrimination by its choice of uniform.
If you’re responsible for preventing any kind of discrimination in your workplace, you may find this Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy useful.