The Metropolitan Police – Britain’s biggest force – is considering plans to introduce gender-neutral uniforms, it has been reported.
The force is consulting its 30,000 officers on the current uniform and what changes should be made in future.
Sources claim the force could be in breach of the 2010 Equality Act by not providing separate uniforms for non-binary and gender-fluid officers, the Sun reports.
The newspaper states that an officer, who goes by Alex Blue, believes not providing separate uniforms could be indirect discrimination.
The Met – Britain’s biggest force – is considering plans to introduce gender-neutral uniforms
The officer suggested that the Met should provide uniform items that are neither male nor female.
Meanwhile, equality campaigner Peter Tatchell suggested there should be one uniform for all, telling the newspaper: ‘Separate uniforms for officers is a legacy of the sexist past.’
The current uniform features helmets, flat caps and ties for men while women are expected to wear cravats and bowler hats.
The Met said the contract with its current uniform supplier is due to expire in 2023 and that they are reviewing what changes needed to be made when a new contract is signed.
Currently, women have to wear bowlers and cravats while men where helmets and ties
The decision could have wider implications on other organisations including the armed forces and other public bodies.
Last year, a gender-fluid engineer who was branded ‘IT’ by colleagues at Jaguar Land Rover was awarded £180,000 after winning a landmark discrimination case.
Rose Taylor, 43, was teased and harassed at the car manufacturer after she began identifying as gender fluid/non-binary in 2017.
An employment tribunal heard how she suffered insults and abusive jokes at the hands of co-workers after she started wearing women’s clothes.
Source: Daily Mail UK