M Schmidt v Austicks Bookshops Ltd [1977] IRLR 360 EAT

Reports relating to this case:

  • Sex discrimination: EAT rules dress and appearance standards not discriminatory

    Date:
    1 September 1977

    Rules which lay down standards of dress and appearance for both women and men are unlikely to constitute unlawful discrimination on grounds of sex, even if they impose different requirements on women (such as prohibition on wearing trousers) than on men, based on the difference in sexes. This is the principle which emerges from the recent EAT case of Schmidt v Austicks Bookshops.