Labour groups and some restaurant owners say the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recent report on sexualized dress codes is not entirely in touch with the realities of life in the industry.
They agree with the commission’s assertion that restaurants and bars should never force female staff to wear skimpy clothing as part of a work uniform.
But they argue that speaking up against such dress codes, as politicians suggest, wouldn’t bring about the change the commission is hoping for.
Instead, they say the woman in question is likely to wind up having her hours reduced or losing her job altogether.
Some also say they worry the report sends a message that revealing clothes are shameful and stigmatizes those who do choose to wear them.
They say the ideal situation is one in which male and female restaurant staff have an equal choice to wear whatever they want.