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Sex discrimination: Requirement for male trainee police officer to cut his hair not discriminatory

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In Dansie v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis EAT/0234/09, the EAT held that a police force did not treat a male trainee officer less favourably on grounds of sex by requiring him to have his hair cut, when the same requirement would not have been demanded of a female officer with a similar hairstyle.

Key points

  • The principles established by case law regarding dress and appearance codes show that a difference in treatment between the sexes in relation to an aspect of a code does not necessarily amount to less favourable treatment of one sex.