❝ A defiant call centre worker who was sent home for wearing shorts to the office in this week’s heatwave came back wearing a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the dress code.
Joey Barge, 20, from Buckinghamshire, turned up in a pair of smart blue shorts on but bosses deemed them inappropriate despite the sweltering heat.
They sent him home just minutes after he posted on Twitter asking his followers: ‘If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so?’
❝ But rather than changing into a stuffy suit, the call centre worker decided to don a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the rules.
Predicting that he’d be sent home again, Joey posted a chic selfie to Twitter, racking up dozens of likes and retweets.
❝ Instead his act of defiance sparked a change in the rules – with bosses sending out an email allowing ‘gentlemen in the office’ to wear three-quarter length shorts in ‘black, navy or beige only’.
Despite the u-turn – which Joey branded a ‘partial win’ – he opted to wear the colourful dress for the whole day in an act of defiance against the policy.
He said: ‘I got sent home and told to change into appropriate clothing but it said females could wear dresses so hey ho!
Nonconformity rocks! Especially when confronting the stodgy.