Dec 17 2008
Muslim waitress: “Boo Hoo, I was sacked for refusing to wear revealing red dress.”
A Muslim cocktail waitress has claimed she was sacked for refusing to wear a ‘sexually revealing’ red dress for work.
Fata Lemes is claiming sexual harassment at Central London Employment Tribunal
Miss Lemes, 33, alleged bosses ran Rocket ‘like a sex club’ and allowed clients to think waitresses ‘could be treated as prostitutes’. The strawberry blonde told a tribunal that on only her second shift two guests told her they were looking for a blonde ‘for one or more nights’.
Miss Lemes, of Camden, initially wore loose-fitting black clothes, but a week into the job she was ordered to wear a tight bright red dress that had a plunging neckline and was open at the back.
She tried on the outfit and found it was ‘physically revealing and openly sexual’. She said it made her look like a sex club hostess.
She refused to wear it and claims she was immediately fired.
Miss Lemes told Central London Employment Tribunal: ‘It was indecent. If you put this dress on, you might as well be naked. Everything finishes in the middle at the chest. It is open at the front and back. I did not want men looking at my body. ( Oh, I really don’t think you’d have a problem with that one, honey, you’re not that hot)
‘I was brought up a Muslim, and am not used to wearing sexually attractive clothes.’ She refused to wear it and claims she was immediately fired.
Miss Lemes, a Bosnian Muslim, is suing restaurant group Spring&Greene, which owns the Rocket chain, £20,000 for sexual harassment and sex discrimination. (Why am I not surprised?)
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