Skip to comments.Amen to Waitress Who Refused Sexed Up Uniform
Posted on 06/27/2012 9:25:47 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I do not know Courtney Scaramellas faith life. But I applaud the 23-year-old waitress for taking a stand against the owner and general manager of the Los Angeles sports bar where she worked when they decided to sex up the uniforms worn by female employees.
When she was hired by the sports bar nearly five years ago, Courtney and her fellow female employees wore a uniform of shirt and pants. But that changed recently, when the ownership ordered waitresses to wear tiny little school-girl skirts.
Courtney went so far as to try on the skirt, but the petite young woman found she couldnt bend even a little without exposing herself. Her biggest fear was that some liquored up customer would pull off her skirt which was fastened at the waist by mere Velcro either by accident or intention.
After submitting a written complaint back in January, Courtney was no longer required to squeeze into an itty-bit skirt sized for a pre-teen girl. However, she contends, her hours were cut, and her income diminished.
Finally, management decided to rid themselves of their more-modest-than-thou waitress, according to Courtney. So now shes fighting back with a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment, wrongful termination and unpaid wages.
Now, had young Courtney been a longtime employee of one of those so-called breastaurants, establishments that put well-endowed, underdressed waitresses on display for lustful male customers, I would have little sympathy for her.
Because she would have known what she was getting herself into when she took the unwholesome job.
But Courtney never tried to trade on her bodily assets. She passed up Hooters, Titled Kilt, Twin Peaks, Mugs and Jugs and other such beastaurants to take a waitress position at a sports bar where the required attire was not a tight-fitting tank top and short shorts, or plaid bra and matching tiny plaid skirt, but a less provocative shirt and pants.
It took great courage for young Courtney to refuse to accept the degrading new un-dress code the managers of her sports bar instituted.
Especially, in an economy in which most are inclined to hold on to even the most disagreeable job rather than risk joining the ranks of the out-of-work.
Again, I do not know her faith life. But I do know an act of Godliness when I see it.
I applaud her decision to NOT want to wear scanty uniforms, but a lawsuit is the wrong direction. A privately-owned business should be able to make legal changes in how they do business. If she doesn't like the changes, she can leave.
I have mixed feelings about this story. First, as a Christian I applaud and support this young woman for her stand, and for refusing to expose herself and give up her modesty just to keep her job.
That being said, I disagree with her decision to sue the employer. The employer has the right to change the working conditions, including hours of work and work uniform. If she does not like those changes, she has the right to quit. But to sue over those changes indicates that she believes that she had a RIGHT to that job under HER conditions.
If that’s her, she should be punished most severely for not wearing the new uni’s. I suggest a long spanking. I’m free immediately.
You are 100% correct. She (like most Americans, sadly) has NO understanding of private property.
Agree completely. We truly have a skewed value system when using the crooked tort system to extract money from an employer is considered a sign of Christian devotion.
Concur with you on both points.
She could wear burlap bags and still be sexy.
I disagree with the “If she didn’t like it she should just leave.” comment on this.
- This isn’t a menu change or a change in clientele. This is a change in a work uniform and her working conditions.
I’m very much for a loser pays situation in civil suits. However in this case, I believe the restaurant is in the wrong.
The right thing to do would be this, let her come as she had as always and let the new hires make the change and any existing employees that wished to as well. If the earnings of one vs the other were superior, equal or less than you could say the market was working itself out.
I for one think any business that doesn’t label itself as “adult” in nature is going to be able to stand in front of a judge or jury, show a velcro mini-skirt with no coverage unless standing wholly upright and claim its perfectly normal as a uniform.
Furthermore they starting cutting her hours seemingly with the uniform issue the primary reason. That alone is retaliatory and that is what gets you nailed in a courtroom.
geez. way too much goes into that. "here's the new uniform. You don't like it? Work somewhere else". Quitting on her supposed "Christian" principles look better than getting fired because she, personally, didn't like the way the business was changing, including the new uniform.
Now, if the new uniforms cause the business to tank, so be it.
Agreed. This looks like constructive dismissal.
We do not know if this young woman is a “Christian” and that she is taking the employer to court because of “Christian” values. She may well be but we cannot assume so since the article does not mention it.
I applaud her decision and agree with the unpaid wages and
wrongful determination. She would probably win the sexual harrassment charge b/c of the creation of a hostile work environment.
I just happen to think that the law regarding sexual harrassment is too broad and too vague. I don’t agree with that charge.
I pretty much agree with you against the others. I hate lawyers and frivolous lawsuits but in this case, a change was made that effected her work environment and she objected to it. The management allowed her to wear the old uniform and then took action against her. They should have just said that this was required and she didn’t have to stay. Once they allowed her to continue the old uniform, their actions are retaliatory and I support her suit.
"Godliness" is suing a company when you don't like the working conditions there anymore?
So what? The restaurant isn't forcing her to work there with a gun pointed to her head. If she didn't like the new working conditions, she should have done the honorable thing and quit.
I pray she loses. Then goes to work somewhere else.
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