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Dress Codes

/ 97.3 The Eagle
Dress Codes

Workplace-equality experts are applauding B-C for taking steps to end sexualized dress codes in restaurants after the issue was raised by M-L-A Andrew Weaver in the legislature earlier this month. But experts say it’s time for a broader discussion about the issue that includes the unwritten rules about women’s appearances in other industries. Karen Craiggs-Milne, a gender and diversity consultant, says while men may feel pressured to look credible for their jobs, many women feel they have to spend an hour each morning on their makeup and hair to look presentable for work. She says the wage gap, lower promotion rates are other ways in which gender bias manifests in work environments, and are not disconnected from issues of physical appearance.

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