A report published this week by a Parliamentary committee claims that "some women are still being forced to wear high heels, make-up and revealing clothes by some employers."

A news piece in The Independent reports that the committee heard evidence that a black woman applying for a position at Harrods, the luxury department store, had been asked to chemically straighten her hair.

While it is lawful to expect employees to dress approximately, the scenario is a reminder that unreasonable dress codes could not only be discriminatory but also attract unwanted headlines. While the Harrods' case is an extreme example, any business with a dress code that could be perceived as draconian would be well advised to review policy for legal and reputational reasons.