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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

If the shoe fits...

OTTAWA — Looking to better understand the experience of many female servers, male employees dressed up in short dresses and high heels recently at an Ottawa restaurant. The initiative came about after a CBC story looking at restaurant dress codes found many women feel obligated to wear sexy outfits. But the change of attire was not easy for the men. “If this is what women have to deal with in days or weeks or years of working in restaurants, or wherever they’re working, then I can’t even really imagine that, actually. It’s kind of tough,” said Union Local 613 busser and server James Tilden. The men also felt vulnerable and uncomfortable, said the CBC, with some men being touched inappropriately. Tilden said he eventually wanted to stop serving one rowdy table. “I feel like this isn’t exactly what it’s like for women, however, I feel like I’m put on the spot. I feel like I’m being stared at a lot. Obviously, people are kind of smiling and smirking about it, but I feel like I’m on the spot and kind of the centre of attention.”

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