“See you soon, twitter. I’ll be sent home soon,” he posted with a photo of himself sporting the neon-pink and black smock. Surprisingly enough, 20-year-old Joey was allowed to remain at work after changing, undoubtedly benefiting from strict UK laws that prohibit companies from discriminating against employees based on their sexuality or gender identity. His boss must have feared a trend of men turning up to the office ‘dressed up’ in solidarity with Joey, and promptly sent out a memo that the dress code had been temporarily amended – a smashing victory on Joey’s part, though we must admit that his dress looked rather fetching.
Tori DiPaolo, a senior at West Milford High School in New Jersey, dons a black shoulder-bearing top in her yearbook picture. Underneath the small photo, DiPaolo's quote reads, "I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?"
The cheeky barb clearly takes aim at West Milford's dress code which, according to the West Milford public school district's website, forbids "halters, half-shirts, shorts, or sweaters and blouses that expose breasts or stomachs."
DiPaolo tweeted a photo of her yearbook picture on June 13, writing, "Tori: 1; Dress Code: 0."
Young women at Charleston County School of the Arts school in North Charleston, SC are wearing scarlet letters to school to protest a new rule stating that girls who violate the dress code must be immediately sent out of class, and cannot return until the dress code issue is resolved.
Reese Fischer, a junior at the school, was one of several students worried that this new policy would disrupt students’ education. She was also concerned by remarks teachers allegedly made regarding the dress code.
“The teachers at our school insert their own comments like ‘you’re selling yourself in the wrong way’ or ‘you’re asking for it,’” Fischer told The Huffington Post.
At Isca Academy in Exeter, England, temperatures have been reaching summer highs of nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the boys still aren’t allowed to wear shorts.
Thirty-year-old Claire Reeves, whose son attends the academy, told Devon Live on Tuesday:
“I have called the school several times and they have told me that if I send my son to school in shorts then he will be sent to the isolation room all day and if I keep him off school then it’ll be an unauthorized absence.”
On the other hand, the dress code favors girls during the hot weather, allowing them the luxury of skirts. So a group of 50 to 70 boys took what the rules were giving them, and showed up in the female attire.
One boy added: “I’m not in sitting lessons in the boiling weather in trousers.” He also made the argument, an apt one for 2017, on the grounds of gender equality. “Boys and girls should have the same rights anywhere in the world,” he said.
The boys received almost unanimous positive support from onlookers and parents, surely making an impact on the administration for the future.
The head teacher of Isca Academy wasn’t about to change the rule immediately but conceded: “However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”
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She then filed an harassment complaint. The boss responded by introducing a new dress code which banned headscarves in the office. ‘To counter, she issued a brand new memo,’ June wrote. ‘We now have a dress code. No any of above plus no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and even (and I quote) “cultural head wraps”‘.
June has since reported the female boss to the EEOC – The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – but, in the meantime, she’s decided to comply with the guidelines. Just not quite in the way her boss probably intended. While all her outfits are within the rules, they also happen to be inspired by her love of cosplay. Well, they didn’t mention wigs, coloured lenses, spandex, or wings.
It’s ridiculous. It’s harder for him to get his work done. He’s in pain by the end of the day. The more you watch it, the sillier it seems that any of us would choose to wear heels to work – and the more outrageous it becomes that there are workplaces that have made high heels part of their compulsory dress code. Because if it’s quite clearly absurd for a man to do a full day’s work in heels, why is it considered so normal when women do the same? Andersson’s day included laying a floor in a fourth floor apartment (with no elevator, so he had to take the stairs).
‘It was a real challenge,’ he told The Local. ‘But at the same time, I went for that kind of scenario. ‘I dreamed up a situation where it was hard work to have high heels on, where it promised to impact my job.’ But as he points out in the video, translated and edited by The Local, it’s just as insane for a floorlayer to be wearing heels all day as it is for a waitress.
Which is quite clearly ridiculous. As Kaitlyn notes, you’d have to look pretty closely to even notice she wasn’t wearing a bra. Why would her natural body make people uncomfortable? And why was she made to change to accommodate someone else’s dislike of how she looks? In response, Kaitlyn was joined by other supportive students to stage a protest, ditching their bras for one school day.
Bus drivers working in Nantes started this as a way to get around their bosses’ ban. With the temperatures sky rocketing up to 38 degree Celsius this week, France’s weather authority warned citizens to be “very vigilant” during this heat-wave.
These workers at Nantes are members of CFDT union (The French Democratic Confederation of Labour). They stated that their uniform was “not appropriate” for summers with high temperatures and they “envy women who wears skirts at moments like this.”
“We are wearing skirts, because they are the authorized outfits in the company,” one driver told a local French media site. Gabriel Magner, Union official commented:
"This is a form of discrimination. Women drivers can wear skirts, but not the men.
"In this heatwave, the temperatures are reaching close to 50C behind our windscreens.
"And given we have no air conditioning on our buses, it’s unbearable."
Semitan, the bus company, did release a set of lighter summer trousers for bus drivers, as reported, but it appears that they are not going to be allowed to wear shorts at work.