Women are told by bosses to wear more makeup and put on

first_imgWomen are being told by their bosses to put on more make-up, and wear high heels and short skirts to work, research has found.One in five women said they felt that their bosses paid more attention to their appearance than they did to their male colleagues, a survey by law firm Slater and Gordon found.Seven per cent of women said their bosses had urged them to wear high heels in the office or with clients because it made them “more appealing”, while eight per cent were told to wear more make-up so they “looked prettier”. Woman putting on make-up It comes after one receptionist said she was sent home from her job at an accountancy firm for wearing flat shoes.  The survey asked 2,000 employees about how they felt their appearance was judged in the workplace.Nearly half of men said their dress code was more clearly defined than women’s and less likely to draw comment. The survey claimed 28 per cent of women reported they had been advised that changing their appearance would be “better for business” while 13 per cent said they had decided to flaunt more flesh at work after suggestions by more senior employees to vamp up their appearance.In contrast over half of men said they had never received comments about their appearance and just three per cent had occasionally been told to dress smarter by their senior colleagues.Current UK employment law states a dress code can be used but this is usually imposed for health and safety reasons, or to promote a particular image, for example, of smartness and efficiency. Nicola Thorp said she was sent home for not wearing heels when working as a receptionistCredit:Adam Gray /SWNS Nicola Thorp with a pair of high heelslast_img read more