When it comes to workplace climate control and dress codes not jiving, women are usually the ones who suffer. With the average office thermostat set to a cool 68-degrees and most summer-season professional attire for women made out of lightweight fabrics like crepe and silk, it can be an uncomfortable situation. If you’ve ever seen a woman in your office roll up to a meeting looking like an extra in Game of Thrones, you’re familiar with the situation.
Joey Barge, a young call center professional based in Buckinghamshire, England recently found himself in the opposite situation. During a heatwave this week, he decided to wear a button-down shirt with a pair of smart, tailored shorts to work. He was promptly sent home for violating the office dress code, which dictated that men wear pants at all times. In protest, he returned to work donning a pink dress instead. His superiors promptly freaked out, revising the dress code to include shorts and asking Barge to go home and change, yet again. Instead, Barge worked for the rest of the day in the dress.