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  • "Do You Have To Wear Make-up At Work"

    7 posts, 7 voices, 650 views, started Jul 7, 2011

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 by Marya1961

    • Turquoise

      By Brooke Foster

      Can you be fired for not wearing makeup to work? That's the question being asked in Britain after Melanie Stark, a 24-year-old sales assistant at the famous Harrods department store in London, was fired for not wearing makeup. According to the Guardian, at least one manager considered Stark to be one of the store's best employees.

      All employees at Harrods are expected to abide by a two-page "ladies" dress code that stipulates: "Full makeup at all times: base, blusher, full eyes (not too heavy), lipstick, lip liner and gloss are worn at all times and maintained discreetly (please take into account the store display lighting which has a 'washing out' effect)."

      Stark reported for work au natural for four years without a word from upper management. That all changed when she was spotted by managers during a "floor tour"; a Harrod's spokesman says they didn't see her before then.  

      According to reports, Stark's manager sent her home twice because she was not wearing makeup; on one occasion they sent her to the stockroom. They even offered her a makeup workshop.

      “I was appalled," she told the Guardian. "It was insulting. Basically, it was implying it would be an improvement. I don’t understand how they think it is OK to say that."

      Stark was given an ultimatum: Put on makeup or leave. She resigned. She could see how the store could dictate a dress code, but a makeup code is different, she says. You can't tell someone what to do with her hair or face.

      Says Stark: “Make up can change your features completely, especially if I was to wear all of what they were asking. I would look like a different person to me. And I never chose to look like that.”

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          Marya1961 wrote Jul 7, 2011
        • Ha! that would be the day when someone tells me to wear a face full of make-up...I guess I would resign too!

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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 7, 2011
        • Well being in the beauty industry it is hard for me to agree with the employee. Now with that being said it also depends on the business you are in. Would YOU really get your hair done by someone who has 6 inches of new growth, shaggy unkempt hair? I wouldn’t! Just does not instill confidence or promote the work you are capable of doing.
          My advice to stylists starting out (and really anyone else) is to mirror the image of the clientel you want to attract.

          And is she agreed to work there knowing what the dress code was when she hired in then she is in the wrong. Obviously so is the manager who let it go for 4 years. He should be fired too!

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          Tuliplady wrote Jul 7, 2011
        • I don’t understand why anyone would take a job when they had no intention of complying with company policy.  

          Now if someone told me I had to wear makeup, I’d have a fit and fall in it.  And I certainly wouldn’t take the job.

          I think the managers are at fault here too.  They should no way have let it go on for 4 yrs.

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          Frannie1964 wrote Jul 7, 2011
        • I agree with Vikki and Eva.happyheart

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