Another day, another sexist remark. A teenage waitress from Glasgow, Scotland, was recently told to wear a skirt and makeup during her shift so she would be “easy on the eyes” for customers. Instead of complying, 18-year-old Erin Sandilands complained and was later informed that she was no longer needed as an employee at the restaurant.
When she was hired at Cecchini’s bistro, Sandilands was told that the dress code was simple black trousers or a skirt and a black shirt. So, when she was told by the restaurant manager to begin wearing makeup, wearing her hair loose and wearing a skirt instead of pants, she was confused, reports USA Today.
“They said I should wear a skirt and makeup and … be more feminine. They said that the punters would like that. I felt utterly humiliated and upset,” Erin told USA Today. “I argued that I was dressed smartly, but the very next day I found out I wouldn’t be getting any more shifts. It made me very angry.”
This incident didn’t just end with the loss of Sandilands’s job. She took the restaurant to court and was awarded $4,732 for the injury to her feelings and lost wages even though the restaurant owner, Anthony Cecchini, says this incident never occurred: “The allegations are untrue, and we intend to appeal this decision.”
Unfortunately, these kinds of sexist requests in the workplace aren’t as uncommon as one might think. A woman from Edmonton, Canada, recently spoke out about a restaurant manager who required her friend to wear heels during her shift as a waitress even though the dress code simply required black, closed-toe shoes. As a result, her friend’s feet were bloodied after a long shift of working in heels, once again showing sexism still exists in the workplace.