An NHS pharmacy worker who was sent home for wearing a dress deemed too short by her boss has won a sex harassment case.
Levinna Ola’s work outfits, which included hemlines three inches above the knee, prompted disapproving comments from colleagues and bosses, who claimed she had “issues of skirt shortness”.
One colleague told her she would “not have the guts to pull off” what she wore, while one manager claimed she was “unable to concentrate” at work because her dress was so short and she was “tall”.
An employment tribunal heard that after wearing outfits incorporating a “leather body belt”, Ms Ola was warned that under the NHS trust’s dress code she should not wear “revealing clothing”.
The pharmacy assistant said she felt “traumatised, embarrassed and degraded” by the comments and successfully sued over her claim that she was the victim of sex-based harassment and “body shaming”.
Appropriate clothing, by the rules set when you get the job, seems fair enough, no?
Juggs and Bulgarian Airbags can be lovely things but different rules for barmaids and dental assistants might apply?