Waitress files human rights complaint after boss insists that she wear a bra to work

Erin Donnelly

Did a restaurant violate an employee’s rights by insisting that she wear a bra while on the clock?

As the Canadian outlet Global News reports, waitress Christina Schell, 25, intends to file a human rights complaint against her former employer, Greenside Grill at Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, British Columbia. The grounds: Management insisted that she wear a bra during her shift.

Schell, who claims that health issues have prevented her from wearing a bra for three years, acknowledged that some golf course members had complained about her appearance.

“There was some talk among some members about their personal offence to my undergarment choice, and that went to management,” she told Global News.

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In light of the complaints, the golf course’s general manager allegedly tried to have all employees retroactively sign a dress code agreement, which she claims singled out female employees.

“Women must wear either a tank top or bra under their uniform shirt,” the agreement states.

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Schell refused to sign the document, which she considers to be sexist. After just three weeks of employment, she no longer works at the restaurant.

“I don’t think any other human being should be able to dictate another person’s undergarments,” she said.

Once her complaint is filed, a human rights tribunal will determine if the restaurant and dress code discriminated against its female employees by demanding that they wear undergarments to work.

Schell’s former boss, general manager Doug Robb, declined to comment on the situation.

The right to go braless isn’t limited to the workplace; in Quebec, female students recently launched a protest against their high school’s “restrictive and sexist” dress code, which demanded they wear undergarments.

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