”Excellent customer service doesn’t have a cup size”
So says Kathy Laird of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre on the issue of sexualized dress codes in the workplace.
Lairds comments come as the Ontario Human Rights Commission calls for an end to such dress codes which they say discriminate against female and transgender workers.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the OHRC said that ”this treatment is often visible in bars, restaurants and other services that require women to dress in high heels, tight dresses, low-cut tops and short skirts,” it goes on to say that ”these dress codes persist across the restaurant industry, despite human rights decisions that have found them to be discriminatory.”
A policy position paper has now been released by the Commission on the issue, with OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane saying “employers must make sure their dress codes don’t reinforce sexist stereotypes,” and that “they send the message that an employee’s worth is tied to how they look. That’s not right.”
Meanwhile, Kathy Laird is urging women with concerns to contact her saying ”I hope women will call us for legal help if cleavage is deemed an essential skill in their workplace.”
The papers release coincides with International Women’s Day, which is celebrated each year on March 8th.