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Sexist restaurant dress codes: Should women have to wear this to work? (CBC Marketplace)

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Should women have to dress sexy to serve you a sandwich? Charlsie Agro goes undercover to apply for a job serving in popular family restaurants. To read more: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2015-2016/restaurant-dress-codes Get our newsletter http://cbc.ca/marketplace/watchdog Facebook: http://facebook.com/cbcmarketplace Twitter: http://twitter.com/cbcmarketplace Instagram: http://instagram.com/cbcmarketplace »»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/cbcnews?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://www.cbcnews.ca Find CBC News on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbcnews Follow CBC News on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbcnews For breaking news on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBCAlerts Follow CBC News on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+CBCNews/posts Follow CBC News on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cbcnews Follow CBC News on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cbcnews// Follow CBC News on Tumblr: http://cbcnews.tumblr.com »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.
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a human (3 hours ago)
Danny Johnson (7 days ago)
I completly agree with every part of the dress code. All women are objects and have to look the part. Men made these rules as well as the world. So women know your limits. If in doubt ask your male boss.
feliciamonique D (9 days ago)
Oh wow male chauvinistic pigs and their finest
H Garcia (10 days ago)
This is ridiculous. A business owner can set whatever rules they want for dress code.
Alouette de Mer (15 days ago)
What a shame to have to follow employer rules. What a shame for this pampered spoiled brat generation.
luna alexandre (18 days ago)
lol me and my 3 colleages were raising hell when our boss suggested letting us design a work t shirt.
Unicorn Sweetness (20 days ago)
No one cares It’s just an employee uniform
curtis bowers (21 days ago)
If the restaurant has a dress code they should have to pay for it. If you don't like it as employee then why even work for them? I mean really come on.
Diana Severns (22 days ago)
I just applied at a job ! I got hired. My interview was for one n half hours and it was allllllllllll about what I hadddddd to wear! I never showed up ! They specifically told me I had to wear heels and look like I was going out! I was embarrassed! I didn’t know what to do.
pollard1997 (24 days ago)
I would hire women because of their cost to a company. They aren't very good assets and many file false complaints. As a company my bottom line is money just like i would hire a man convicted of larceny its a burden on the company to hire incompetent, entitled, or untrustworthy employees.
abdulrauf dar (26 days ago)
Give respect to women ,practically ...using women for marketing purposes should be banned
German (29 days ago)
Well they actually have a choice, take the job or leave. I mean is wrong but all you have to do is quit!
kanadajin3 (1 month ago)
omg this is why when I went to Moxies people were dressed like they were going to be hookering the same night. I was shocked.
Lionel Fraser (1 month ago)
One day we all will be neutered sexless robots, so enjoy the good times!
Heather Feather (1 month ago)
There are actually some women who wear high heals just for fun. If they think that this dress code is sexist they most definitely could not handle working at Hooters, not for the faint of heart.
OrionSentry (1 month ago)
Feminist Propaganda Brainwashing. Shame on you CBC Marketplace.
Logan Sept (1 month ago)
How is this news?
Adam Miller (1 month ago)
PPP, Yeah...
Iman Amatullah (2 months ago)
I totally agree with the professor lady. This is not only sexual harassment, but discrimination. It is criminal.
Brandon J. Williams (2 months ago)
Seems like more complaining women want to be equal but the yet they want to cherry pick. You don't have to take the job.
Damien Cummings (2 months ago)
Every job has rules and dress codes. If you don’t like it then don’t work there. There are plenty of women who want the job and are willing to follow the rules . It’s that simple
Truman Burbank (2 months ago)
Quit your complaining/bitching and get back to work. If you don't like it - there's the door.
Darren Frank (2 months ago)
Twisted Kilt has waitresses looking like pole dancers
Lindalee Law (2 months ago)
Women like this never actually work but play at it. Dried up twit.
UNCHAINED SHAMAN (2 months ago)
Your job and career choice is yours. No one forces you to apply lol gtfoh
Brendan Mendonca (2 months ago)
All of this sounds like it would violate food codes...
Rifat Hossain (2 months ago)
Those restaurants , how they get away with this
Edgar A. 亚瑟 Arthur (2 months ago)
Yes this place takes too far by making regulation. That being said there are many "buts" to this whole thing. I have worked in restaurants in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong for years. If you don't want the job don't take it. Problem solved. As outrageous as it sounds I have seen far worst around the world. More important. This girls in Canada make probably $11 an hour plus %15 tips. In the USA waiters make less than minimum wage, usually between $2 - $3 an hour plus tips. A US waiter working in a restaurant like that makes easily $30,000 a year and $50,000 is not impossible. Now that is for a male. Females make a minimum of 20% than a male, and up to 50% more if its an attractive female, with sexy clothes, and flirty personality. ---All of this can be found in Academic Research papers published by Cornell University---- The point is. Why do we pay a waiter; a job that requires no professional skills; the same amount we pay a graduate engineer, lawyer, economist, etc? You don't want the job? Don't take it. If you do take the job, you are getting paid for the job. If we want to live in a world where this does not happen. (And I do want to live in that world) Then we have to change how we TIP not business regulation.
Zaki Uddin (2 months ago)
Well here women doesnt have to work, because they are responsibilities of their Husbands or Fathers, so all they do is shopping of off the money they didnt earn, But its kinda good for them as they dont have to face such issues
jivenesspie (2 months ago)
Try McDonald’s. They get to wear pants.
Doug Hannon (2 months ago)
I would have liked to see more comprehensive data. There may be something here, but it feels more anecdotal than scientific.
Quasaricemage (2 months ago)
So- years ago, when I worked in the warehouse of a large company, they mandated that I wear steel toed boots, a hardhat, safety glasses, earplugs and a safety harness. I wasn't allowed to wear any jewelry,loose fitting clothing or long hair (that wasn't hidden). All this was hot, cumbersome and expensive (had to pay for your own boots,clothing and harness), but that was the job. You either dress for the work as mandated- or go work someplace else.
Bobby M (2 months ago)
That picture test was dumb... Some were with their partner there. Of course they're not going to answer they prefer the short skirt, and of course they do. The loose hair one is really dumb, like, that's a really bad standard. The high heels is actually dangerous for people's back.
Ninad Ganore (2 months ago)
Less tips vs more tips
Gold Winger (2 months ago)
Of course, when you put people on camera they are going to say that they don't care, That's hardly a scientific study. Real studies have shown that men and women tip better when their waitress is dressed more attractively. As for men not "sexualizing" their attire, the societal norm for men's clothing is nonsexual. A tux isn't sexy, and evening gown with a low neckline is. A suit isn't sexy but a cocktail dress is. Surfer shorts aren't sexy but a bikini is. See the trend here? Normal clothing for women is designed to be sexy.
Grip Condor (2 months ago)
The shorter the skirt the bigger the tip.
Beast Sw (2 months ago)
Funny that some people out there dont need to have these kind of job to wear all those sexy stuff
Rosalba hamer (2 months ago)
Everyone knows women bring in the,steady customers don't like it,don't work there
Android J (3 months ago)
This video is a little silly. Yes, these jobs are demeaning. But it's the job. And if you don't like it, work somewhere else. You have the power to work somewhere that treats you with respect. No one is forcing anyone to work there. That one woman who had issues because she wore heels for so long.... She could have gotten a job that allows her to wear flats a long time ago.
brembe01 (2 months ago)
Being a waitress is demeaning, is that what you're saying?
coolbuddydude1 (3 months ago)
Apply to McDonalds or Burger King then.
Lexi Rae (3 months ago)
something more needs to be done about this to protect women in work places .
Sailfish (3 months ago)
Red Dragon (3 months ago)
Thought you woman love that stuff must be feminist.
Red Dragon (3 months ago)
Did you wake up and say how can I bully and harass business owners. Like I did when I was in school, grow up. If you want to get paid wear the dress if you don’t like it apply for a different job. You horrible evil fuckers.
AstuteEmu Gaming (3 months ago)
This isn’t sexist
Nikki D (3 months ago)
These standards are nothing compared to what I had to wear as a cabana girl here in Oklahoma
alyssa ayala (3 months ago)
Pearl (3 months ago)
Why this is the worst job for me:
Oh Yeah Yeah (3 months ago)
She thicc af
Mr.Woosh (3 months ago)
7:24 I'd be so uncomfortable if mu waitress walked up with those signs tf
Stevielynn Reynosa (3 months ago)
All these girls are to sensitive please I worked at hooters twin peaks ojos locos ect. You dont like the uniform dont work there , if you dont have the confidence or willingness to walk around in certain attire dont work there.. its written in the application is given in the book
olivia tg (3 months ago)
American 'women' are too prude. food is visual and so are girls lets enjoy both.
Crazy Queen (3 months ago)
If I were to design a waitress outfit: - Dakr blue skirt (must wear at least shorts underneath), or leggings, or overalls, or jeans. - Plain (no pictures or anything, if it has appropriate white pattern will probably be fine) black top, (no tank tops) - Any shoes except flip-flops/sandals - (optional) Keep your hair up to help keep hair out of food - (optional) Makeup doesn't matter - (optional) Any socks work as long as they have appropriate patterns and such - Name tag - (optional) Perfered to wear appropriate pins or buttons, (again nothing Innapropriet.) But not pressured to. Basically, nothing Innapropriet or such so any girls would not feel threatened.
altkovac (3 months ago)
Omg it’s like they’re treating it as school, in the UK you have to wear certain uniform and it’s very irritating when you have you’re own style and you want to express it. You should be allowed to to express yourself freely, I don’t like tight fit clothing/skirts because it feels as if it’s hugging my body and people would look. I’d rather just wear the long trousers and a top.
Of course the old man wants the waitress to have a short skirt on😒
Mark Madison (3 months ago)
Now this promotes pop culture. I find pop culture very unattractive. I don't tend to agree with most people that are brainwashed glad that you at least can think for yourself not many people can do that in blue cities.
Kaitlyn Daenzer (3 months ago)
A bunch of these comments say "if you don't like it, don't work there" but what if customers chose to bring their business elsewhere?
Anja (3 months ago)
Its the womens choice. I wouldnt work there, but some might ... Should get more money for that then...
In God We Trust (4 months ago)
If you don't like the dress code don't take the job
georgiaman1926 (4 months ago)
I agree, don't work at a restaurant that requires these standards if you don't feel comfortable. Now, do a report on how a dress code reflects tipping. That would be an interesting report.
Amenhotep The Third (4 months ago)
How this is even legal is beyond me. Sounds more like what you'd see in North Korea. Smart, yes, clean, yes, tidy, yes, uniform, yes. That's it.
4TheRecord (4 months ago)
If people don't like it then don't work for them. What's next? Strippers complaining about having to show their breasts in a strip club?
CG87343 (4 months ago)
Here’s the problem I have here; No one is forcing you to work in any of these restaurants. They know the standards going in. If you don’t like it, work somewhere else. It isn’t complicated. It’d be one thing if women were being forced to work there and couldn’t quit. That’s not the case with these restaurants of course. If you don’t like it, quitting isn’t complicated. I find this entire report a gigantic waste of time.
Tea Marie (4 months ago)
I agree with having a dress code. They should give a few dress code options though. Examples: appropriate black dress with hair pinned back, no jewelry; black leggings, hair straightened, tight-fit black sleeved shirt, no jewelry ; black jeans, hair pinned back, white tank top, no jewelry. And every employee should have the choice of what outfit they want to wear. A man could wear the dress or a women. A women could wear the black jeans or non-binary. That is just my opinion. :)
watchcode (4 months ago)
These server make like 40-50+ dollars hours with tips. A job that requires no education. They are lucky to be working in those conditions for that much pay.
watchcode (4 months ago)
Most of those girls wear short skirts because they want to as well.
LesbianWomanOver40s (4 months ago)
As a former bartender I broke my arch on my foot due to having to wear heels for so many hours an my doctor said no more heels for the rest of your life now my hips over time have chronic pain popping cracking stiffness an back issues. Women should be able to wear suits like men to work. Besides a woman in a suit is also sexy I think. " Man I feel like a woman"
Hype Ness (4 months ago)
That's not fair why can't men wear what the girls wear
caameron (4 months ago)
why am i watching this
Christopher Chamberlain (4 months ago)
I WAS a very lucky man. At a young age I caught on to what strippers were really after. My money. That is why I never went to strip clubs. I find the restaurant industry to be the same thing. They prey on a man's primal instinct. I tip solely on quality of service. I almost study the way men chose grocery shopping check outs, Hair cutters, Waitresses, Gas stations, and every other service industry. A very high percentage of them make decisions based on how sexy the staff they will interact with is. If you are a man, ever notice how a woman that cut's your hair will rub her breasts on you continuously? It's intentional for sure. I never fell for it and only insist on the best service and product. I don't care if a 400 lb pimple face is giving it to me. The best service gets the best tip.
laιne ѕυĸι (4 months ago)
Then don't work here if ur gonna complain
A (4 months ago)
Unfortunately I think every girl knows about the fingertip rule
Tony Lawless (4 months ago)
Most companies have dress codes. Get a grip!
Count Honkula (4 months ago)
don't like it, don't work there. Quit trying to control everyone
Unicorns Are Awesome (4 months ago)
If you think these places are 'sexual' you should go to Hooters.
Leonard Wong (4 months ago)
It's the business owner's decision. Women can decide if they want to work for him or not. i'd definitely eat at a place with a pretty waitress though. Women have the charm. Why should women be forced to cover up? Women should always have the choice.
Nambi kakooza (4 months ago)
This is so sad
Usharvi Basu (4 months ago)
Bruh, three inch heels ain't even high.
Mr. Soyhair (4 months ago)
Feminist video lol
Katelyn ko (4 months ago)
I almost forgot this in Canada till I heard Winipeg
JustSexy SerbianGirl (4 months ago)
Dont apply for this job if you don't like it lol
S4x.f (4 months ago)
all this what bout de food?
Emily Bedard (4 months ago)
the reason they have to where heals is because if they step on glass i wont cut their foot
taetae onice (4 months ago)
I could care less about what these women where im just getting my food
Aj Cinematography (4 months ago)
You should try being a car mechanic, lumber jack, plumber etc, don’t have do any of these things rather have a higher chance of dying in your job
1Isbel (4 months ago)
John (4 months ago)
Seems to me thier system works. They have many locations.
Jake Sampson (4 months ago)
If women say that short skirts are sexualising, then why do we let young girls wear them to school?
Jake Sampson (4 months ago)
Leslie Cardenas why then? And also no that's not true, at least not in the UK
Leslie Cardenas (4 months ago)
Private schools do that only...
Only Me (4 months ago)
Shorter the better
V.L. Camacho (4 months ago)
ruby Nightcore (4 months ago)
It's the dress code so there not sexist it's how there suppose to dress
Jake Flores (4 months ago)
How about don’t apply if you know the dress code and disagree with it
Crazy Avocado (4 months ago)
Panicking in Trench (4 months ago)
My question for all the restaurants is if dresses are mandatory. I would actually never wear dresses so it will be tough for me.
Julia Reder (4 months ago)
Don’t have a one way opinion on this but having worked in restaurants like those mentioned, the one inch closed toed heel rule is for women and men usually and is made first for safety as glass is broken in restaurants all the time and the heel lift helps keep you safe while cleaning up broken glass. Also I’ve always worn small ankle booties to work with a 1 to 2 inch heel and never had a problem as do many other girls. Just thought I’d put that out there
Kaitlin Love (4 months ago)
Hey now I know where to get a job!
Chris A (4 months ago)
So there's a dress code for work, they know about it, still accept the job, then cry about it? How about you better yourself and get a better job.
jisification (4 months ago)
im *LiSa GuEro*
Autism Gaming (4 months ago)
A male would have to wear a suit
LEIF TORBJÖRN (4 months ago)
It’s a free market, if you don’t like it, don’t go there for food. If you don’t like the job, don’t take it. Employees, aren’t owed anything besides what is in their contract or terms of employment. You voluntarily took a job where there was a dress requirement.
Robert Connelly (4 months ago)
To be fair this is only her opinion and she is only looking at 4 restaurants,what about McDonald’s or Wendy’s. Also you aren’t thinking about what the appeal would be if it’s a modern restaurant it would be almost always the same, all black,skirts, at least some jewelry. You don’t want to have the same servers be in Jeans and the dye shirts that would be in a highway restaurant not a modern place

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