Dress code is sex-based discrimination: tribunal

B.C. bar worker wins human rights claim after refusing to wear bikini top at bar
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A British Columbia woman who was asked to wear a bikini top by her employer was awarded nearly $6,000 in damages for lost wages, tips and injury to her dignity, feelings and self-respect.

Andrea Mottu starting working at the Barfly Night Club in New Westminster, B.C., in March 2000 when she was 21. The work at the nightclub provided her main source of income. Her regular shifts were four hours on a Friday night and five hours on Saturday night.

Her hourly wage was $11.87 but the main source of her earnings was tips, which amounted to about $75 on Friday and upwards of $150 on Saturday.