Women in Japan are being told not to wear glasses in the workplace - here are 5 sexist dress codes from around the world
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- Business Insider Japan published an article in October based on a survey of more than 1,400 workers, finding that female workers were being asked to refrain from wearing glasses at work for aesthetic reasons.
- The hashtag #メガネ禁止, which translates to "glasses are forbidden," is currently trending on Twitter in Japan, according to The Washington Post.
- This revelation about glasses follows on the heels of the #KuToo movement started in Japan in early 2019 according to Quartz, which criticizes the widespread practice of employers in Japan requiring that female workers wear high heels.
- Sexist dress codes for women in the workplace are enforced around the globe, from the US to the UK to France.
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Women are subjected to sexist dress codes - requiring high heels and make up, or banning glasses - in workplaces around the globe.In Japan, a requirement in workplaces that women not wear glasses for aesthetic reasons is catching flack on social media with the hashtag #メガネ禁止, which translates to "glasses are forbidden," according to The Washington Post.Advertisement
"Employers that create and enforce poorly drafted gender-based dress code policies assume the risk of running afoul of gender discrimination laws," employment attorney Mirande Valbrune wrote about US companies for Forbes in 2018.
"If a policy inappropriately targets or negatively impacts employees of a particular gender, it may be deemed illegal," Valbrune continued, pointing to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sex.Here are five sexist dress codes for women in the workplace across the globe, from the US to Japan.
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In Japan, some companies have forbidden their female employees from wearing glasses because they give off a "cold impression."
Also in Japan, high-heel requirements for women in the workplace sparked the #KuToo hashtag.Advertisement
In France, women have been stopped at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing heels, although it's not an official rule.
In the US, Virgin Atlantic airlines made female flight attendants wear makeup until March 2019.Advertisement
In the UK, a woman was sent home from her temp job as a receptionist at PwC because she was not wearing heels.
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