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
code...is discriminatory," he said.
the British Broadcasting Company