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Sex discrimination: Cap requirement not discriminatory

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    Burrett v West Birmingham Health Authority [1994] IRLR 7 EAT (0 other reports)

In Burrett v West Birmingham Health Authority the EAT upholds an industrial tribunal's decision that a female nurse, disciplined for refusing to wear a starched linen cap which male nurses did not have to wear, was not treated less favourably on grounds of sex.

In our Guidance Note last year on the subject of dress and appearance at work (lRLB 469), we noted the case of Ms Burrett, a staff nurse, who objected to wearing a starched linen cap as part of her uniform.