Woman files complaint against her former employer who told her she HAD to wear a bra to work
25-year-old Christina Schell was fired from her job as a server after she refused to comply to a new rules that required female employees to wear a bra
An Alberta, Canada woman has filed a human rights complaint against her former employer after she claims she was discriminated against by a rule that required all female staff to wear a bra. Christina Schnell worked as a server at the Osoyoos Golf Club in Oyosoos, B.C, before an updated dress code mandated that "women must wear either a tank top or a bra under their uniform shirt."
According to CBC, 25-year-old Schnell was working without a bra all this time and confronted the golf club's general manager, Doug Robb, about the rule change. Robb reportedly informed her that it was for her protection and that he knows "what happens in golf clubs when alcohol is involved."
When Schell refused to comply to the rule, she was given her marching orders. She subsequently filed a human rights complaint against the club, explaining that the rule was "gender-based" and that made it a human rights issue. "I have nipples, and so do the men," she said.
Schnell also explained the reasons behind her ditching the undergarment, calling them "horrible." She was also unimpressed by the alternative requirement of having to wear a tank top because her job was to serve tables on an outdoor patio in the hot weather. "It was absurd," she said. "Why do you get to dictate what's underneath my clothes?"
The 25-year-old is not the only one who has experienced such a situation in the workplace. 19-year-old Kate Gosek works as a cook at McDonald's in Selkirk and says that several of her managers have harassed her about not wearing a bra, including one who's gone so far as to poke her shoulder in search of a strap.
She says she was informed that she had to comply with the order as McDonald's was "a polite restaurant" and because "no one needs to see that." She also claims one manager advised her to wear a bra while staring at her chest, telling her they were "distracting." When Gosek told one of her managers there was nothing in the fast food giant's dress code about requiring to wear a bra, he agreed but then said there was still an expectation for her to do so. Similar to Schnell, the 19-year-old says that bras make her uncomfortable and that the pressure to wear one made her anxious.
Since the news came out, McDonald's Canada has come out to clarify that the dress code does not require female employees to wear a bra. A spokesperson said that the altercations were a result of "a misunderstanding in the application of the policy" and that the restaurant would inform her she was not breaking any rules. Gosek has reportedly received an apology from two of her superiors since.
As for Schnell's human rights complaint, it will be the subject of a case before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. However, a hearing date has not been scheduled yet.