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Sexy outfits for woman servers isn't anything new. Anyone who's been to a Hooters or a Tilted Kilt can testify to that. One doesn't naturally expect a feast for the eyes when at more family-oriented chain restaurants, however. And now, the "sexy server outfit" -- high heels, tight skirts and heavy makeup -- may violate Canada's employee human rights codes, according to experts.
The CBC investigated dress codes at several of Canada's top chain restaurants where they were told by women servers that they felt pressured to wear revealing outfits or fear losing shifts. Another waitress said she frequently got "unwanted attention that kind of comes with the outfits that we were wearing.
Canadian human right codes state that employers can't discriminate against individuals based on their sex.
According to Joanne St. Lewis, a law professor for University of Ottawa, forcing women to wear revealing outfits is exactly that. Male servers at Ottawa restaurant Union Local decided to walk a mile in their female counterparts' high heels after the CBC report was released. They donned miniskirts and high heels to show solidarity for women who are pressured to dress sexy on the job. The men lasted only a couple of hours before tapping out of the clothing.
It's about choice
Physical discomfort aside, the men talked about feeling "vulnerable" and "uncomfortable" while they worked. The male servers noted that what they went through isn't exactly what it's like for women in the industry, they now have a better understanding of what it feels like to be in the "center of attention" because of one's clothes and body.
Both owners of Union Local acknowledged that the "sexy server" outfit is perfectly fine if the server chooses that's the outfit she wants to work in.
It shouldn't, however, be required. Earls, one of Canada's top restaurant chains, has already changed it's dress policyclarifying that women can choose to wear a skirt or pants. ly, the dress code was worded that the woman server needed to request permission to wear pants instead of a skirt.
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Servers are encouraged to not wear underwear at all in order to avoid this. I have no doubt about it.
The male employees are doing exactly the same task as the female employees. And they do not need to sexualize their clothing.
Lewis, Canadian law professor. Trading places Male servers at Ottawa restaurant Union Local decided to walk a mile in their female counterparts' high heels after the CBC report was released. They shut up pretty quick when they realized I was [wearing a microphone], but they kind of grabbed me or whatnot It's about choice Both owners of Union Local acknowledged that the "sexy server" outfit is perfectly fine if the server chooses that's the outfit she wants to work in. I can tell you that.
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