The TV show Fashion Police is for laughs. They don’t have the power to punish but the Ontario Human Rights Commission does and they want to police businesses to end sexualized dress codes that discriminate against female and transgender employees.
The OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane said the following when releasing the commission’s “policy position on gender-specific dress codes.”:
“Employers must make sure their dress codes don’t reinforce sexist stereotypes. They send the message that an employee’s worth is tied to how they look. That’s not right, and it could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
The OHRC must be desperate for bullies to discipline. Employers who unfairly discriminate against people for odious reasons like race, skin colour, sex, religion or nationality have been beaten, so now they have to find new oppressors and new victims.
But, isn’t risqué restaurant attire already policed by the free market? If a consumer feels that a Tilted Kilt franchise is a bastion of sexism, they can send a statement by not patronizing the restaurant thus voting with their wallets.
And, surely women who work at such places know the ground rules. If you don’t want to show cleavage, maybe Hooters isn’t for you. Those who do are likely motivated by better tips.
If I ever win the lottery, I’d put this farcical Human Rights dress code to a test. I’d open a restaurant called Burka Burgers, where wait staff would be required to wear burkas.
Do you think that the humourless human rights harpies would ever take on a discriminatory uniform complaint if the clothing in question was tied to Islam?
You want fries with that?
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