Provided a dress code policy requires its employees to display an equivalent level of smartness as between the sexes, requiring a male employee to cut his shoulder-length hair did not amount to discrimination or harassment under the Sex Discrimination Act.
The Claimant was a trainee police constable, who was required to cut his shoulder length hair or face disciplinary action. He asserted that a female recruit, in the same circumstances, would not have been ordered to cut her hair and therefore he had been the victim of sex discrimination.
The EAT confirmed that there was no discrimination or harassment in such circumstances where, considering the specific needs of the profession as well as current standards and conventions, an employer's dress code was, as a whole, equally balanced between the sexes.
Dansie v Metropolitan Police