Magazine article Herizons

Restaurants Pledge to End Sexist Dress Codes

Magazine article Herizons

Restaurants Pledge to End Sexist Dress Codes

Article excerpt

Female restaurant servers at chain restaurants are ditching their high heels and tight dresses after companies, including Earls and Joey, responded to complaints that their dress codes for women were discriminatory.

"Men and women may choose varying heel heights from a walking shoe or short boot. Many of our female servers do choose to wear high heels," said Earls in a statement. "The current suggested dress code is a black skirt, no shorter than one inch above the knee for women ... or a straight cut plain black pant."

Many former staff of Earls, Joey and other chains had charged that, in practice, shorter skirts and higher heels meant better treatment by company management. Servers and hostesses said they were forced or pressured to wear high heels, tight skirts and heavy makeup in order to appear sexy to customers. Change came after complaints from female employees were publicized across Canada and boycotts were threatened. …

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