Joey Barge was sent home from work for breaking the dress code by wearing shorts, so he returned wearing a pink dress instead.
Barge, a call centre worker from Buckinghamshire, turned up to work on Monday 19 June wearing a pair of tailored navy blue shorts and he says he was swiftly told to go home and change.
Opting to wear shorts due to the current hot weather, the 20-year-old deemed the dress code to be rather sexist.
Taking to Twitter, Barge wrote:
“If women can wear skirts/dresses at work, can I wear smart shorts like so?”
Barge then decided to protest his company’s dress code while also keeping cool, by wearing a pink dress instead.
Social media users backed Barge by tweeting their agreement at the unfair dress code.
They sent you home? You aren’t customer facing and it was still a smart outfit.
— Harvey (@HR98__) June 20, 2017
You ABSOLUTE hero Joey!!!!!!
— Mary Harris (@maryharristw) June 21, 2017
Men should always be allowed to wear shorts like women can wear skirts and dresses… equality
— Lewis Alexander Hunt (@LewisHunt82) June 20, 2017
What if you wear a kilt?
— Val Cholet (@ValVal108) June 21, 2017
Good for you Joey!
— ANDREW WONNACOTT (@777acjw) June 20, 2017
Rather than being sent home, Barge was met with an email stating that ‘3/4 shorts’ would now be acceptable in the office due to the ‘extremely warm temperatures’ – but they must be ‘black, navy or beige’.
And social media users congratulated him:
Proud of you
— James (@JamesMaraj_) June 19, 2017
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