Bar Waitress Suing Over Skimpy Uniform Should Have Just Quit (VIDEO)

skimpy skirt uniform o'hara's lawsuitLooks like the recent boom of "breastaurants" (like Hooters, Tilted Kilt, Mugs N Jugs, etc.) may be spawning a new wave of something else: Lawsuits. In Westwood, California -- home of UCLA -- a waitress named Courtney Scaramella is suing her former employer, O'Hara's bar. Scaramella had been working there since '08 and claims she was fired for complaing about the bar's new dress code, which required female employees to wear a plaid Catholic school girl-style skirt held together with Velcro. (They definitely lose points for originality, eh ...)

Plus, she says fans were placed on the floor by the register to blow staff's skirts up a la Marilyn Monroe, which is creepy, but if waitresses were aware of it and cool to play along with it, not sure if it's indefensible ... 

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Scaramella's boss also made a suggestive remark about the new uniforms. Finally, the waitresses weren't the only "victims" of O'Hara's: When female patrons came into the bar, they were rated based on their looks, then given free shots of booze if they were considered "up to par."

Sleeeazy! But reason enough to take the bar to court? Ehhh ... I'm not so sure. In the suit, Scaramella is accusing her former bosses of sexual harassment, but the only details that have emerged surrounding that claim so far is that when Scaramella demonstrated how difficult it was to bend over in the new uniform's short skirt, general manager Ronald McDonnel allegedly said, "Oh yeah!" in a sexually suggestive manner. Definitely ick ... but does that count as sexual harassment?

It's very likely there's more to the story, but based strictly on what we currently know, I'm finding it difficult to feel much sympathy for Scaramella. Yeah, it's unfortunate that the bar seemed to spring this new, objectifying "breastaurant"-style theme on their existing wait staff, but all different sorts of businesses re-invent themselves from time to time with new policies, dress codes, ethical decisions, etc. that employees may or may not agree with. And employees always have the choice to either roll with the punches or bail. No one was telling her she had to stay and play along with these chauvinistic games.

There's also a discrepancy about whether or not the bar actually fired her. They're saying she made the decision to quit of her own volition. Whether or not that's the truth, it's probably what she should have done from the start.

Here's a news report with more details on the suit ...

What do you think of Scaramella's lawsuit? Do you agree she should have just quit if she wasn't into the "breastaurant" theme?

 

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