Perth bar manager attempts to enforce low cut, tight uniforms for female bar staff to prevent ‘injury’

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The female employees previously wore a T-shirt with the business logo on it in the same cut as a men’s T-shirt.

The bar however recently rescinded the female staff’s right to wear these looser fitted tees, and reissued tighter, lower cut versions of the uniforms to staff. The venue manager David Heaton informed staff in a post on social media that the new uniforms were a condition of employment. He encouraged them to work elsewhere if they did not comply.

One staff member vented about the new uniforms on social media.

One staff member vented about the new uniforms on social media.Source:Instagram

Staff posted about the new changes to uniform in a work-related Facebook group.

Staff posted about the new changes to uniform in a work-related Facebook group.Source:Facebook

The changes were directed to “our amazing bar ladies” and told them a member of staff would be taking back their existing uniforms and replacing them with new uniforms. The post said there had previously been a “tolerance” for the girls wearing T-shirts, but the new policy was ”compulsory”.

“As a condition of your employment the team member is required to wear the uniform,” Mr Heaton wrote in a Facebook comment under the original post.

“If you don’t feel comfortable you are welcome to find employment elsewhere,” he said.

Speaking to the ABC, Mr Heaton claimed the policy was first introduced two years ago in 2017. His management just got around to enforcing it recently.

“We need to ensure the health and safety of our employees,” he said, going to explain, that wearing a men’s T-shirt with a higher neck that didn’t expose cleavage could be dangerous.

“Baggy shirts catch on things and could cause injury in the workplace,” Mr Heaton said.

Mr Heaton went on to claim that he engaged in consulting with staff before the uniform changes were made. Staff have denied this.

Manager Mr Heaton backflipped on his position, posting to Facebook again about the changes.

Manager Mr Heaton backflipped on his position, posting to Facebook again about the changes.Source:Facebook

After a the post gathered attention on social media Mr Heaton posted again about a “backflip”. He has acquiesced that his female staff can resume wearing men’s T-shirts “as long as they are not overly baggy.”

“Men can wear women’s T-shirts as long as there isn’t too much cleavage showing,” he concluded.