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Killer heels

The legal industry still has a mountain to climb - in their preferred type of shoe - when it comes to fighting sexism, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

13 May 2016

To some, the story of an office temp sent home for refusing to follow a dress code is a storm in a tea cup. To others it is an example of ingrained sexist attitudes still prevalent in the workplace.

Last December, Nicola Thorp was dismissed by her employer, Portico, after refusing to work in '2in to 4in' heels. The reception outsourcing firm has been widely criticised, leading to an embarrassing U-turn of its uniform rules. Though the story only came to light this week, a petition calling for a change in the law has already received over 122,000 signatures.

Debate as to whether a high-heel rule is sex discrimination was inevitable, especially among lawyers. Sean Jones QC at 11KBW tweeted: 'Imagine all employees get chairs but men get cushions too.' Rebecca Herbert of 36 Bedford Row was unequivocal with her ...

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