In the recent years, office dress codes have become a hot-button issue, especially when the temperatures outside are so hot that they force people into less-than-modest outfits. A call-center employee in Buckinghamshire, UK, recently faced up against the company’s dress code as he was sent home for wearing a pair of shorts on a nearly 90-degree summer day (30-degree Celsius). Joey Barge, the call-center employee took a tip from a fellow Twitter user and he came back in a dress in rebellion.
He posted a photo of himself in a neon-pink and black smock, and he wrote: “See you soon, Twitter. I’ll be sent home soon”. However, the 20-year-old was allowed to remain at work after changing, benefiting from the strict UK laws that prohibit companies from discriminating employees based on their gender identity or sexuality. His boss was probably afraid of men turning up to the office “dressed up” in solidarity with Joey, and he sent out a memo that the dress code has been temporarily amended.
Check out the whole story below, and tell us what you think in the comments!
Call center employee Joey Barge, 20, tested his company’s dress code in order to stay cool.
A Twitter user suggested a clever way to strike back after it didn’t quite work out:
And Joey certainly went for it!
Protected by the anti-discrimination laws on gender expression, he was allowed to stay.
His boss made adjustments to the dress code after Joey’s stunt
This is him sat in his new dress at the office.
The thread quickly went viral, and people praised him and his “nice legs”.
However, others had issues with his “big baby” attitude.