Revealing uniform, better service?
According to the Ontario government, waitresses should not be expected to dress in a sexualized way to attract clients. But restaurants think otherwise.
Short skirts and low-cut tops – an outfit that the ex-waitress Kristine Artates, 23, used to wear on the job. As a customer watches the sports game with his wife, Artates walks towards and leans over the table to hand them their menus. It did not impress the wife. In fact, it pissed her off since Artates accidentally revealed her cleavage in front of the husband’s face. Once the couple finished dinner, they paid the bill and the wife left a descriptive message on the receipt saying that she “didn’t appreciate breasts being exposed” in her husband’s face.
This is a situation Artates often encountered on the job. She worked throughout her post-secondary career in retail and restaurants to support herself and her studies.
Working at a sports bar meant Artates had to wear a short, revealing uniform. “You don’t really get an option of what to wear, though in the winter you have the option to wear leggings instead of a mini skirt,” Artates said. “However, in the summer you’re required to wear your skirt and you have the option to wear your tank top or a T-shirt.” The mini skirt has shorts underneath and the top has a very low V-cut.