06 July 2011
Woman may seek compensation after leaving Harrods job
An employment tribunal may ensue after a woman claimed she was forced out of her job at a high-end department store for refusing to wear make up.
Melanie Stark may decide to seek compensation from Harrods on the grounds of sex discrimination after leaving her job for not wanting to comply with the company's policy that all female employees must wear "full make up at all times", including products such as "base, blusher and lipstick".
The 24-year-old worked in the HMV part of the Knightsbridge department store - which employs 5,000 people - and operated for a period of four years without being told she must wear cosmetics.
However, after refusing, Ms Stark was offered the chance to "see what she looked like with make-up" by bosses, a fact she says was "insulting" and left her "appalled".
"Basically, it was implying it would be an improvement. I don't understand how they think it is OK to say that," she added.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett