A few of the usual reasons for being reprimanded at work include showing up late everyday, repeatedly dropping the ball on assignments, orÂ violating a dress code. But for one man in Portsmouth, England, a full face of makeupÂ allegedly landed him in hot waterÂ with his manager, and he isnâ€™t at all happy about it. In fact, heâ€™s called it out on social media asdiscrimination.
The Spotted Portsmouth, a Facebook group that shares anonymous story submissions, shared a post from the young man in question, who shared a photo of himself but no name or details about where he works. His clearly frustrated story began with an explanation that there is not a makeup policy at his job, and comment about how many women coworkers wear more makeup than he does.
â€œIâ€™ve been working here for about 8/9months and Iâ€™ve never been reprimanded on my make-up before,â€ he noted. â€œActually quite the oppositeâ€¦ some mangers have supported me and complimented my make-up. However recently weâ€™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 make-up.Â I was quite shockedâ€¦ After I refused, Iâ€™m getting told to tone it down?â€ He added, â€œI felt this was discriminatory?â€
*ATTENTION* Posted for a follower:Before I explain my frustrations, you need to bear in mind thatâ€¦ There isn’t anyâ€¦
While a post from a man emboldened enough to stand up for his desire to wear a full face of makeup at work may have been unheard of even five years ago, the rise of male cosmetics stars including James Charles, Jeffree Star and Manny Gutierrez has certainly changed the beauty landscape. And people have gotten the memo, as, in less than 24 hours, the anonymous post has already picked up more thanÂ 500 comments and lots of traction fromÂ supporters labeling this shared experience as discrimination and unfair.
As one person noted, â€œThey cannot enforce this without either implementing a no makeup rule for all employees, or leaving themselves open to an employment tribunal for discrimination. You carry on being your fabulous self!â€ Another chimed, â€œUtterly fail to understand how anyone can have a problem with this.â€
Others couldnâ€™t get enough of how great the unidentified man looked writing supporting comments such as, â€œYou look wonderful! Your makeup is on point and should be celebratedâ€ and â€œyou look fresh faced and fabulous.â€
WhileÂ the identification of the person behind the storyÂ could not be verified, it raises an interesting point, as have other situations over the years. Is such discrimination even legal? That depends on the companyâ€™s policy details. According to the U.S.-based non-profitÂ Workplace Fairness, employers can regulate clothing, piercings, tattoos, makeup, nails, hair, and moreÂ â€” but points out that these dress codes are not legal if they are discriminatory, especially when an unfair burden is put on one gender.
Cases like the one called out in England have made headlines over the years â€” including one that began in 2014, when transgender teen Capri (nee Chase) Culpepper was forced to remove makeup before taking a DMV photo; it resulted in a federal sexual discrimination lawsuit that Culpepper wound up winning, and which forced the DMV to change itÂ policy regarding makeup wearing, making it acceptable â€œregardless of gender.â€
Years before that, a young Ohio boy was banned from school for wearing makeup, with justice not exactly being served in that situation.
Will the sexual discrimination saga continue against men and young boys wearing makeup in public places? If so, at what cost and why?