HR Strange But True!
March 17, 2003

You remember Matthew Thompson. We took notice of the 32-year-old Englishman when he filed a sex-discrimination suit for being required to wear a collar and tie to work. Well, guess what? He won.

Thompson, a public employee, had argued that the tie requirement amounted to discrimination because his female coworkers didn't have to deal with it; in fact, they were allowed to wear T-shirts - and even football (er, soccer) shirts - without facing disciplinary action from managers.

Thompson's union, which backed the case, said it plans a further 39 cases if managers don't negotiate a "sensible solution" to the policy issue.

Thompson, an administrative assistant, said he was delighted and relieved with decision of the tribunal that heard his case. "The ruling vindicates what we have been arguing for some time, that the draconian application of the dress discriminatory," he said.

Source: the British Broadcasting Company

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