An Edmonton woman who says she’s being discriminated against because she has 22 visible piercings is reigniting the debate about workplace dress codes.
Kendra Behringer, 24, complained that one prospective employer threw out her résumé in front of her, but lawyers believe her chances of establishing discrimination are slim to non-existent, while employment and image experts say businesses are entitled to set rules on how workers dress.
Gone are the days when there appeared to be a very clear standard of workplace attire in the office. The work culture has changed and with it the expectations of dress. Suits, ties, no trousers on women and tights are now often deemed as old fashioned or even archaic. Even where companies wish to introduce a code and standard they balk from doing so at the risk of offending their staff. However, even in a casual environment, it’s best to let your staff know what you will or won’t accept in terms of work attire.
Arcana Academy, a small L.A.-based ad agency, has an interesting employee dress code: Its female employees are often photographed wearing schoolgirl outfits. While we first noticed the costume choices in a shop portrait in the current issue of Adweek—the founders reportedly assured the magazine that the outfits were worn at the female staffers' request—it looks like this isn't a one-time occurrence.
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Disney (DIS) recently fired some of its senior executives who were in charge of its new venture in Hawaii, a mini theme park.  The issue centered around executives underestimating costs thereby putting the profitability of the venture in jeopardy.
Amid record high temperatures to Sweden last month, temperatures inside un-air-conditioned cars on Stockholm commuter trains reached about 95° Fahrenheit (35° Celsius), and male train drivers sweltered in long pants. Their company dress code prohibited short pants, while female employees could wear skirts.
Air Canada is hoping its new low-cost carrier, Rouge, will give the country’s largest carrier an opportunity to refresh its image both aesthetically and in terms of customer experience.
And it’s reaching out to the experts to do so: The Walt Disney Co.
“We’re going for a relaxed casual, yet stylish look,” Michael Friisdahl, Air Canada Rouge chief executive, said in an interview Monday.