Beard Liberation Front press release
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Beard Campaigners back moves to fine firms for sexist dress rules
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed efforts by MPs to implement fines for firms that impose sexist dress codes under the 2010 Equality Act.
The campaigners say that while their focus is on the hirsute the principle of people being allowed to dress and appear as they want, away from Victorian ideas of how people should or should not present themselves, remains fundamental.
While beard wearing is more common in the workplace in 2017 there are still areas where it is appears to be unacceptable. There remains no hirsute BBC TV news reader for example.
Where discrimination against workplace beards appears to include religious belief there is an existing recourse to Employment Tribunals but cases are rarely taken and even more rarely successful
BLF organiser Keith Flett said, we agree that employers forcing women to wear high heels and to dress and appear in certain ways is discriminatory. The issue for the hirsute is not quite in the same register in most cases but it stems from the same philosophy. Namely that an employer ‘owns’ a worker and so can order them to dress in a way they approve of.