Should women be forced to wear a bra to work?

A woman has sparked a debate online after venting her frustration about being made to wear a bra to work.

Taking to parenting site Netmums the anonymous poster explained that she hates wearing a bra because she finds them so uncomfortable.

“In 2018 would I get in bother if I didn’t wear a bra to work?” she started her post.

“I just find them uncomfortable and I think everyone is well aware that people have nipples, and I am not doing this for attention I just feel I shouldn’t have be forced to wear something.”

The woman went on to point out that she believes she shouldn’t have to wear something because it will “make people feel less uncomfortable/stop men looking or just because its the norm.”

“Does anyone else agree? Or am I a hippy that wishes to burn all bras?” she concluded her post.

A woman has taken to Netmums to ask if she should wear a bra to work [Photo: Getty]

Other users were quick to wade in offering their own opinions on the divisive subject. Many believe it is inappropriate to have your nipples on show in the workplace.

“I don’t think it’s right to think it’s no big thing seeing someone’s nipples because we all have them,” one user wrote. “Where would it end? You could have naturists or nudists in the workplace wanting to cut about in the scud using the same reasoning that we’ve all got foofs or winkies.”

“Your workplace will have a policy on uniform, and being smart will be part of that. If a guy was wearing a shirt where his nipples were clearly on display that may be deemed as unprofessional and the same could be said for you too,” another user commented.

Most workplaces will have some sort of dress code. Photo: Getty

But others agreed with the original poster that it shouldn’t be a big deal and that women shouldn’t be made to wear something they don’t feel comfortable in.

“I curse the person who invented bras I hate them but feel too embarrassed not to wear them, which wouldn’t be an issue if it was ‘normal’ not to, or they had never been invented!” one woman wrote.

“As for the nipple argument of some people? I’m sorry but mine show even through a bra!!” she continued. “Going by the logic that seeing the presence of nipples is an issue, I’m in deep trouble. Should I start wearing two bras to tame them so I don’t offend anyone??’

Should women be forced to wear a bra to work? [Photo: Getty]

Some men also chose to express their views about the controversial topic.

“As a bloke who loves breasts, I say wear one please,” one man wrote. “You would be getting blokes into trouble through no fault of their own. Remain professional at work.”

It isn’t the first time bra-wearing enforcement at work has caused a stir.

In September a waitress claimed to be suing her former employer for a breach of human rights after a “sexist” change in dress code meant she had to wear a bra to work. 

Christine Schell, 25, from Canada, stopped wearing a bra three years ago for comfort and health reasons.

The Daily Mail reports that when she started working as a waitress at Greenside Grill in the Osoyoos Golf Club in May this year, customers complained about her being braless and this prompted the introduction of a new dress code.

And last year 22-year-old barmaid Kate Hannah took to social media to write a strongly worded post after being sacked for not wearing a bra to her pub job.

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