Nightclub's 'Sexist' Staff Dress Policy Request
It all started when Amplifier Capitol's duty manager allegedly told "bar ladies" it had become compulsory for them to wear lower-cut shirts.
UPDATE: Capitol Corp chairman David Heaton has released a lengthy statement via the club's official Facebook page.
"I unreservedly apologise for the recent proposed female-only uniform changes at Amplifier Capitol -- for the decision, my comments and the manner in which this has been handled," Heaton wrote.
"Going forward, staff are free to continue to choose which fit option is most appropriate and comfortable for their own body, regardless of gender. The only stipulation from management’s end is that clothing is not so baggy that it poses a potential OH&S risk."
On Monday, the club's duty manager outlined a plan to get the Perth-based club's dress code "back to how it should be".
The update was posted to a private Facebook group for staff members.
He told female staff that wearing the men's uniform shirt would not be tolerated and instead, they must sport the deep-cut "ladies bar" top.
Capitol Corp's chairman enforced the request "as a condition of employment" and stated if the women weren't comfortable, they were "welcome to find employment elsewhere".
One woman posted a selfie on Instagram dressed in both the men's and women's shirt, pointing out the difference with the caption: "Can't wait to be harassed by men at work because I have my tits out and my shirt tight."
After Faral's original post was made public and the female staff member's snaps were circulated, Heaton offered to "back-flip" on his initial directive.
While Amplifier's female staff were now allowed to wear men's shirts, they were not to be "overly baggy" and men could wear women's tops "as long as there isn't too much cleavage showing".
One member of Amplifier's Facebook group wrote a lengthy rebuttal against the proposed uniform change.
Worker's Voice, Western Australia's hospitality union, said in a statement they were "disgusted" by the alleged treatment of the club's female staff.
"It's clear to everyone that sexual harassment is rampant in hospitality and this unacceptable move by management at Amplifier Bar just goes to show how ingrained the issues are," said Secretary Carolyn Smith.
"Under what circumstance would women feel comfortable being heckled or on display when they are trying to work? Management tried to pan it off as a joke. It is no joke and they should seriously consider management training."
Rules regarding dress could be discriminatory "if they single out some employees for different treatment because of their background or certain personal characteristics," according to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
"An employer’s dress code requires female employees to wear revealing clothing but this does not apply to male employees. This could be sex discrimination," reads an example on their website.