In a statement, PwC outsourced responsibility for the incident to Portico, just like it outsources its front-of-house staff. Portico has since revised its dress code.

It’s about time. A professional dress code, after all, should protect workers’ safety, make employees identifiable where necessary, and project the image a company wishes to present to the public. Surely even in the stalest, staidest, most corporate of offices, there’s room for a woman to wear flats or a man to ditch his jacket.

It’s 2016. Pop culture and the fashion industry have begun to recognize that sex and gender aren’t perfectly binary. It’s time for professional dress codes to do the same.

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