Earlier this month, The Guardian reported on a story about a 24 year-old woman working at Harrods who was forced to quit her job because she did not wear a full face of make-up to work.
For four years, the young employee, Melanie Stark, worked at Harrods with out wearing any make-up. Despite her lack of face, her superiors described her as one of the hardest working employees to date. However, their sentiments changed as a new rule was introduced.
“Full makeup at all time: base, blusher, full eyes (not too heavy), lipstick, lip liner and gloss are worn at all time and maintained discreetly (please take into account the store display lighting which has a ‘washing out’ effect).”
Melanie refused to abide by such rules. She enjoyed her natural face without make-up, and had no intentions of altering her looks for anyone. Her managers offered her makeup products and classes, but Melanie would not budge. She was sent home on several occasions, and on some days she was asked to work in the stock room, in order to prevent her from being seen by customers. Eventually, the toll of the new rule became too much for Melanie to bear, so she quit.
While I am someone who wouldn’t dare head to work without a little concealer, mascara, eyeliner and gloss, I have no problem with a woman who chooses not to wear make-up. As long as you look presentable and get the job done, I have no qualms.
What do you think? Is it right for a company to require you to wear make-up to work?