Dress codes: Individual rights versus business need

Joanna Chatterton and Ed Livingstone consider the difficult balancing act which employers face between giving employees the right to express their individuality and ensuring their appearance is in keeping with the nature of the business ‘The courts have been willing to give some leeway to employers who wish to impose particular dress and appearance requirements …
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Cases Referenced

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  • Bougnaoui v Micropole SA [2017] EUECJ C-188/15
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