Friday, June 06, 2008

Employer Tells Waitress who Shaved Hair for Charity: Wear Wig or Go Home

After her father died of cancer, Stacey Fearnall, a waitress at Nathaniel’s restaurant in Owen Sound, Ontario, decided to shave her head as part of a “Cops for Cancer” charity event. When she attended at work for her shift, her boss advised her to wear a wig or go home. In spite of some public outcry, the restaurant owner continues to defend his position.

CTV.ca reports:
Nathaniels owner and chef Dan Hilliard defended his decision, saying the restaurant has certain standards. He prohibits male staff from wearing earrings and requires employees keep their hair at a reasonable length.

Fearnall is still on the payroll and she can return to work once she grows her hair back, he said, adding she was offered the summer off to spend time with her kids.

Fearnall, who also works in a plant nursery and as a caterer, told The Owen Sound Sun Times she was shocked by what happened.

"I honestly can't believe this is happening,'' she said. "It's ridiculous that I would be punished for doing a good thing.''
Stacey Fearnall’s husband has contacted the Ontario Labour Relations Board who informed her she should file an Ontario Human Rights Complaint.

- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto

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