A 24 year old Harrods sales assistant claims she was "driven out" of her job after she refused to wear makeup.
Melanie Stark had worked at the posh retailer for four years sans makeup and was never bothered about it until last August when senior managers did a "floor walk". She was even offered a makeup workshop so she can see what she looked like with it on.
"I was appalled. It was insulting. Basically, it was implying it would be an improvement. I don't understand how they think it is OK to say that. I know what I look like with makeup. I have used it, though never at work. But I just could not see how, in this day and age, Harrods could take away my right to choose whether to wear it or not."
Harrods is known for having a strict dress code, which states "full makeup" (base, blusher, full eyes, lipstick, lip liner and gloss) be worn at all times.
She goes on to add:
"It's not like wearing black trousers, or a black shirt. This is my face. Make up can change your features completely, especially if I was to wear all of what they were asking. I would look like a different person to me. And I never chose to look like that."
When asked for comment Harrods was quick to defend themselves, saying Melanie had "a general lack of adherence to the dress code" and "decided to leave the business of her own accord with no reference made to dress code".
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