I read a thought-provoking letter to the editor in the Province newspaper earlier this week. The topic of the letter was the complaint that a group of young women have brought against the Richmond location of the Shark Club Bar & Grill around the type of clothing that the women are required to wear.
The writer of the letter essentially said that the women knew what the work environment (and required clothing) was like before they applied or ever started working there so they should just quit complaining and accept it as part of the job that they had accepted.
Funny, I remember the same argument was made when there was talk about banning smoking in bars and restaurants. People said that workers chose to work in that environment and really should just shut up about it.
The fact of the matter in the smoking case is that WorkSafe BC is required to protect the health and safety of the workers in BC. Smoking and second-hand smoke cause illness so WorkSafe had to call for a ban on smoking in the workplace.
While requiring your employees to dress like whores is not a WorkSafe issue it is basis of the sexual discrimination complaint that has been started against Northland Properties Corporation (operator of the Shark Club). The BC Human Rights Tribunal will hear the complaint. It will be very interesting to see how this action proceeds.
What do you think? Do the people who choose to work in establishments that require them to dress or present themselves in particular ways forfeit their right to complain? We all know that when you walk into places like the Cactus Club, Shark Club or Sammy J Peppers that you are going to be greeted by a young female. Is it acceptable that they be required to dress in ultra short skirts and wear tops that reveal their breasts to the customers? Care to add your thoughts?