Bier Markt Offers to Replace Uniforms After CBC Investigation


TORONTO — Female employees at Bier Markt complaining of tight-fitting, skimpy uniforms will be receiving new work outfits following a CBC News Go Public investigation.

Cara Operations Ltd. introduced a new uniform policy in early October, requiring female staffers to sport a short, sleeveless blue dress with heels or boots.

According to CBC, the company received more than 40 complaints from its servers about the tight-fitting uniforms, including one from Tierney Angus, who hired employment lawyer Barbara Green, who told the server the dress code may have been in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Earlier this week, Cara announced that it is changing its uniform policy, allowing its female servers the option of wearing jeans, a button-down shirt and running shoes.

“I think if there hadn’t been a resolution, she would have been prepared to file a formal complaint [to the Human Rights Commission],” Green told Global News.

“The majority of feedback to our new uniforms has been very positive,” an email from Cara to the CBC read. “Female staff who prefer to wear the jeans, shirt and running shoe option may return the dress for a full refund.”

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