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No oily skin, garish make-up or unshaven legs: Dorchester hotel triggers complaints with list of rules for female staff
- The Dorchester has emailed female staff with a ‘downright offensive’ list
- It consists of personal grooming demands such as have regular manicures
- One employee said the list was ‘like something out of the dark ages’
- The Mayfair hotel did not respond to requests to comment
It is one of the country’s most famous, and traditional, hotels whose patrons have included the Queen, Tom Cruise, David and Victoria Beckham and the late Michael Jackson.
Accordingly, bosses of London’s Dorchester hotel are adamant their staff should be dressed to impress.
But they have triggered complaints with a ‘downright offensive’ list of do’s and don’ts that was emailed to all female employees, issuing them with an astonishing inventory of personal grooming demands.
Of particular concern, it seems, are women who turn up for work with oily skin – a definite ‘don’t’ on the hotel’s lengthy list.
Another big no is body hair on the legs, or on any other visible areas of the body, including the face.
Indeed, women working in the five-star, £700 pound-a-night hotel are advised to make sure their legs are shaven at all times, even if they are wearing tights.
Females are also instructed to arrive for work wearing full make up, although garish colours are discouraged.
Whilst, somewhat embarrassingly, it appears The Dorchester has been subject to complaints about general hygiene of staff, with the list reminding women that ‘body odour is not tolerated’, nor is ‘bad breath’.
Finally, all females are instructed to ensure pristine manicures are in place.
Not surprisingly, the odious list of demands has not gone down too well with disgruntled members of staff, many of whom only earn around £9 an hour.
One employee, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It is disgusting. This list is like something out of the dark ages, and downright offensive.
‘It’s not as though you choose to have oily skin and a lot of women, especially teenagers, cannot help it – no facial wash or moisturiser in the world can control that.
‘The women are all pretty livid but worry that if they complain – or rebel and turn up to work with chipped, dirty nails and hairy legs, for example, they’ll be sacked on the spot.’
The Dorchester hotel has long been a favourite with celebrities.
Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone recently celebrated her 32nd birthday with a pyjama party at the hotel.
Celebrity luvvies, sports stars and party-loving royals regularly descend on the hotel for lavish charity fundraisers, and it was chosen as the second venue for the multi-million pound wedding of Said Gutseriev, the son of a billionaire oil tycoon.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton used The Dorchester as their London base, and are rumoured to have taken over an entire floor.
But the five-star surroundings and opportunity to brush shoulders with A-listers comes at a hefty price, with the most expensive suite – known as The Harlequin – costing up to £7,700 per night.
Last night, Sam Smether, chief executive of women’s rights organisation, The Fawcett Society, said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for any woman to be told what she should wear and how she should look.
‘Employers should concentrate on what enables people to do a good job and what drives productivity. ‘This is 2016 not 1970; we need to see an end to this kind of objectification of women.’
The Dorchester did not respond to requests to comment.
LIST OF DO’S AND DON’TS
* shave your legs (even if wearing tights)
* wear full make-up
* wash your hair
* brush your teeth
* use deodorant
* have regular manicures
* Have oily skin
* Wear overly garish or bright make-up
* Display chipped or bitten nails
* Have off-putting body odour
* Display any excess body hair, which includes the face