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Female staff at bar in Australia ordered to wear tight clothing or be fired

Female workers at a bar in Perth, Australia were told to wear tight clothing or be sacked.

Staff at Amplifier Capitol were ordered by management to stop wearing male-specific t-shirts with a high neck and start wearing t-shirts with a scoop neck which revealed the cleavage of some employees, Nine News reports.

One staffer posted a photo to illustrate the issue on Facebook with the caption, "The top they want me to wear vs the top I wear… hmmm I wonder what the difference is?”

Nightclub chairman David Heaton, wrote a lengthy Facebook post responding to concerns and complaints.

He said the remark was a "throwaway comment" and the proposed changes to the uniform would not be enforced.

He acknowledeged it was wrong to say that "any staff uncomfortable with the changes should find employment elsewhere".

"This was a throwaway comment that I very much regret," he said.

"I would like to make clear that no staff have been, or will be, fired in relation to the uniform issue.

Mr Heaton said the proposed changes were made in poor judgment and without full consideration of the implications for female staff.

"There was a lack of awareness and understanding of the ways in which these new uniforms may be viewed, and how staff may feel wearing them," he said.

"Comments that female staff already face sexual harassment as part of working within the nightclub industry, and that these uniform changes would only exacerbate the issue, have resonated with us.

"We care, respect and value our female staff deeply and wish to apologise to them directly for making them feel uncomfortable, disrespected or devalued by the proposed changes. Quite simply, we're sorry," Mr Heaton said in the post.

Hundreds of people have responded to the post, with some continuing to criticise Mr Heaton.

One person wrote: "It was a throwaway comment that sort of revealed what type of employer you are. You're only apologising because it went public and you look bad."



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