woman makeup

Wow – check out the translucent powder dust up going on across the pond!

An employee of the world famous Harrods department store claims she was “driven from her job” because she refused to adhere to the company’s policy, insisting all female employees wear make-up while at work.

24-year-old Melanie Stark worked at the store for several years and in that time received several compliments on her work. During her employment Melanie wore make-up on and off, in violation of Harrods two-page dress code for women. So apparently a manager saw her, put the hammer down and sent her home. When Melanie returned, along with reassigning her to the stockroom, Harrods offered to give Stark a few make-up lessons so she could better adhere to their official policy. But does a store have the right to demand its employees wear make-up?

Here’s my issue with dear, sweet, young and incredibly naïve Melanie. She needs a hearty dose of reality and I don’t mean the crap that passes for TV entertainment either.

It’s THEIR store. These are their rules, no matter how arcane they may be. Melanie works for Harrods and in exchange for that stuff they call, oh crap what’s the name, oh yeah, MONEY, she has to play by their rules. She knew what they were about when she signed the employment papers and I’m sure Melanie walked by a bunch of women on her way to HR.  If anyone should be pissed it should be Harrods because Melanie’s the one who pulled a bait and switch, promising to adhere to their rules and now bitching because she got caught not following through.

Is this fair? Maybe not, but neither was demanding I wear a short skirt and a polo shirt with large red and white stripes and be nice to people who ran me ragged, complained about their food and then stiffed me on the tip, back in my restaurant days. See, it’s called a UNIFORM and though androgynous red and white stripes made me look more flat chested than I already was, complaining about it would have landed me a one way ticket to the unemployment line.

Is demanding that women wear make-up sexist? Maybe. Then get some other women together and file a class action lawsuit. But personally I think an employer has a right to dictate how they want their employees to look.

No, the only thing that drove Melanie out of her job, was the vehicle she arrived there in!

Okay that’s how I feel; I want to hear from you. Should a store be able to demand its employees wear make-up? Is that just a part of the uniform? Does Melanie have a case or does she need a clue? Let’s debate, fire away!