A man who was told to remove his makeup at work has hit back at bosses.
Male shop worker Scott Ayton-Laplanche was ordered to remove makeup from his face by managers at Curry PC World.
However the shop worker refused, pointing out that female co-workers were allowed to wear whatever they like.
Laplanche claims the order was “discriminatory” as women in branch “wear more make-up than he does.”
The 20-year-old, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, had been working at the Currys PC World branch for months without being asked to change his look.
But he claims that when management changed he was told to remove the makeup.
After refusing, he was informed the alternative option was to “tone it down”.
The angry worker took to Facebook to reveal the decision by bosses – in a post that has been shared thousands of times.
He wrote: “Before I explain my frustrations, you need to bear in mind that.. There isn’t any make-up policy at work,” he wrote.
“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?”
Laplanche pointed out that female colleagues were permitted to have dyed red hair, bright blue eye liner and bright green lipstick.
He added that he didn’t take issue with his co-workers looks, just that they were allowed to dress how they wanted as women, while men were not.
“But guess what, this is 2017, a time of year where we celebrate Pride throughout summer,” he added, “and I look hella hot so deal with it! It’s wrong to blatantly discriminate for whatever reason that may be.”
Responding to the employees’ Facebook post, a spokesperson for Currys PC World told the Independent: “This was a local store level misunderstanding that is being dealt with internally. Scott takes pride in his appearance and Currys PC World is proud of its diverse workforce.”