Young woman sacked for not wearing a bra

By June 29, 2017Current

TL;DR – Are you AWARE of this?

Wearing a bra might seem normal in this part of the world but it might not be in some other parts.

Apparently 22-year-old Kate Hannah working at Bird & Beer, a restaurant in England, got fired for “refusing to wear a bra”.

As seen on her Facebook,

For better visibility,

So I’ve just got home after being sacked from my job, for refusing to wear a bra.

Yesterday an inappropriate sexual remark was made to me, by my managers brother, and in the presence of her. I felt uncomfortable, objectified and shocked that this had happened.

Unfortunately she saw fit to deal with the situation by telling me that I’m not allowed into work in future unless I’m wearing a bra. This was said to me infront of three other staff members and customers. Leaving me feeling body shamed and completely shocked that the blame was being put onto me that I had been sexually harassed at work. She called me stupid, silly and over the top when I told her I was upset.

I am absolutely disgusted, with the unprofessionalism, and blatant lack of respect for my right as a woman to wear whatever makes me personally comfortable.

Nobody should EVER feel the need to hide themselves in order to stay away from unwanted sexual comments/behaviour.

Feel so Sad.

The post has since received quite a response on Facebook, with more than 500 shares and 1,200 reactions as well as 400 comments at the time of writing.

The restaurant has since responded to this incident:

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Please see below our statement in response to the recent allegations.

In response to the recent alleged allegations towards Bird & Beer We wish to make the following statement. We can confirm that no employees have been dismissed from the company regarding these allegations.

We have a duty of care to protect all of our employees from any discrimination or sexual harassment within the work place and we take any comments towards our employees very seriously and act upon them immediately in a professional manner.

At this moment in time we will not be making any further comments.

No further details of the incident has been released as of now.

What do you think?

Remember the great breastfeeding in public debate we had a couple of months back?

What about the workplace then? Should your undergarment or rather, the lack of it, be an issue? Should your work just be about your capabilities? But then again, this is an F&B establishment so maybe things should be dealt with differently?

Even so, should the restaurant have issued a warning first before firing her?


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Smith Leong

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