Changes coming to Earls after allegations of sexist dress code
A former Earls employee in Regina is glad to see changes coming to the restaurant chain
The Earls restaurant chain is changing its dress code after allegations of sexism when it came to how female servers were asked to dress.
Emily Megan worked at the restaurant for several years.
"I had to bring more than a few pairs of shoes to work to stay comfortable and even at that you still end the night in pain," Megan said.
Earls, one of Canada's largest casual dining chains, decided to change its policy after an investigation by the CBC-TV program Marketplace on sexism in the restaurant industry.
- Earls restaurants change dress code in wake of CBC report on sexism concern
- Should servers have to dress sexy to keep their jobs?
Representatives from the restaurant in Vancouver released a statement earlier this week on the changes.
"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. At this time, if they wish to, they are permitted as long as the shoes meet the safety requirements of a closed heel and toe," the chain said.
Restaurant's male servers don skirts, heels for taste of workplace discrimination: <a href="https://t.co/JISmfjRYxv">https://t.co/JISmfjRYxv</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottnews?src=hash">#ottnews</a><a href="https://t.co/bDhF35BKD1">https://t.co/bDhF35BKD1</a>—@CBCOttawa
"Although our female service staff have a choice in what they wear, we understand that even our suggested dress code could be considered discriminatory as, although pants are allowed on request, the current suggested dress code is a black skirt, no shorter than one inch above the knee for women.
"We should be wording our suggested dress code as a black skirt, no shorter than one inch above the knee — or a straight cut plain black pant," Earls said.
The chain also said it hopes to have a dress code policy soon for all servers — male or female — with the same suggested style, and that this "plan has been in place for some time."
Megan now works at another Regina restaurant and said the owners allow her to express her individuality, rather than enforcing a strict dress code.
To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.
By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.
Become a CBC Account Holder
Join the conversation Create account
Already have an account?