Yesterday, right in time for International Woman’s Day, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has set out notice to employers that if you ask or demand your employees to dress a certain way you could be in violation in the human rights code.
But if the women are okay with it, why should anyone interject their own code of what they think is appropriate? What next, targeting strippers? According to Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Human rights commission, too often this is a part time job so the employees are not willing to say no to their employer. It is thought to interfere with equality of opportunity because others may not be able to work there with that requirement, for reasons like religious practices.
Is this something that’s necessary to protect vulnerable employees in certain jobs that may require this scanty clothing? Or do we have no right to intercede with these affairs, as it is the choice of the employee to take the job or not?
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