The Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling for an end to sexualized dress codes that discriminate against female and transgender workers.
Chief commissioner Renu Mandhane says employers must make sure their dress codes don’t reinforce sexist stereotypes.
Mandhane says policies requiring women to wear low-cut tops, short skirts or high heels could violate the Human Rights code, and they send a message than an employees’ worth is tied to how they look.
Kathy Laird of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre says “excellent customer service doesn’t have a cup size.” Laird encourages women to call her office for legal advice “if cleavage is deemed an essential skill in their workplace.”
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