For many women, makeup is like armor -- it makes them feel protected, safe and fortified against the world. In fact a U.K. study discovered that two out of three women found going to work sans makeup more stressful than public speaking, going on a first date or enduring a job interview.
The same can be said about Francine Siddaway, who liked to wear dramatic, Cleopatra-style makeup to work. But Siddaway was fired from her cleaning job, allegedly for going overboard with the maquillage.
According to the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old was sacked by Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, after her bosses suddenly asked her a "toning down or removal" of her makeup. Siddaway had worked at the hospital for over three years, yet was let go due to her violation of the workplace's dress code policy.
A spokesman for Addenbrooke's told the Daily Mail: "All staff sign a form to acknowledge receipt of the Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust uniform policy and dress code for employees and that they agree to abide by the code."
But Siddaway claims she's being treated unfairly. According to the Mirror, she said, "I feel comfortable with my make-up and I can't see how it could hamper my work or cause any health and safety problems."
See photos of Siddaway's unconventional makeup at DailyMail.co.uk -- do you think it's too extreme for the workplace?
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