Prosthetic arm student wins ‘look’ policy case

Author: By Paula Fentiman, Press Association

Riam Dean, who was born with her left forearm missing, claimed she was forced
to work in the stockroom of the US firm’s London store because she did not
fit its strict “look” policy.

Dean, 22, from Greenford, Middlesex, told the tribunal she was granted special
permission to wear a cardigan to cover the join in her prosthetic limb, but
was later removed from the shop floor because the cardigan did not adhere to
the firm’s dress code.

Miss Dean started working at the company’s flagship Savile Row store on 11
June last year.

The central London tribunal heard that she worked five shifts before resigning
on 4 July.

The tribunal ruled she was wrongfully dismissed and unlawfully harassed but
did not uphold her claim for disability discrimination.

Her mother, May, said her daughter was “very, very pleased” at the outcome but
declined to comment further.

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