Dress codes and uniform requirements are one thing – but is it okay for a workplace to ask an employee to wear less makeup?
Scott Laplanche thinks not.
Scott says that while he was at work, he was asked to take off his makeup, and believes the request is discriminatory, noting that his female colleagues ‘wear more makeup’ than he does.
Scott, from Wakefield, Yorkshire, had been working in the shop for around nine months, and says he had never been told off for his makeup before.
But under new management, he says he was asked to take off his makeup. When he refused, he was ‘told to tone it down’.
Scott shared a fuming Facebook post about the makeup request, which has since been shared more than 3,000 times.
‘Before I explain my frustrations,’ wrote Scott, ‘you need to bear in mind that.. There isn’t any makeup policy at work. Also, a lot of my female colleagues wear more makeup than I do.
‘With that in mind, I’ve been working here for about 8/9months and I’ve never been reprimanded on my makeup before. Actually quite the opposite.. some managers have supported me and complimented my makeup.
‘However recently we’ve had to go under new management.
‘Earlier on in the week I came to work as my fabulous self and was told to take off my makeup.
‘I was quite shocked… After I refused, I’m getting told to tone it down? Excuse me? Tone it down? You can’t tone down a masterpiece.
‘I felt this was discriminatory?’
Scott goes on to explain that he refuses to take off his makeup when his female colleagues are ‘able to come to work as their fabulous selves’, especially as his makeup is fairly neutral.
‘This is 2017, a time of year where we celebrate Pride throughout summer and I look hella hot so deal with it!
‘It’s wrong to blatantly discriminate for whatever reason that may be.’
Along with the status, Scott shared a photo of himself on the day he claims he was told to remove the makeup, showing that he’d gone for a natural look.
Scott says that he contacted the HR department about the complaint, but posted the status while waiting for a response. Since his Facebook post, they’re looking into his complaint and Scott is still awaiting a response.
‘The day I was told to take my makeup off at work, I emailed HR explaining what had happened,’ says Scott. ‘A good week had gone past with only an automated email as a reply as soon as I had sent the email.
‘This is what prompted me to post about my issue at work online. At the time I felt that this was the only way to get my issues at work some attention.
‘I will not change my appearance for anyone. And I don’t expect anyone to do it either.
‘Whether this makes people like my store manager uncomfortable, then that sounds like their problem.
‘I don’t want to sound insensitive to other people’s feelings but this is 2017 and people need to become more aware, educated and tolerant of the LGBT community and men wearing makeup in general.’