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‘Sacked for not wearing a bra’ claim is denied

Claims that a woman was sacked from her job at a Beverley restaurant for not wearing a bra made headlines in a string of national newspapers last week and went viral on social media, resulting in a storm of comments. Twenty-two-year-old Kate Hannah alleged on Facebook that she was dismissed from her job as a waitress at the Bird & Beer in North Bar Within after her manager dealt with an inappropriate sexual comment towards her by demanding she wasn’t to come into work in the future without wearing a bra.

“I am absolutely disgusted, with the unprofessionalism, and blatant lack of respect for my right as a woman to wear whatever makes me personally comfortable. Nobody should EVER feel the need to hide themselves in order to stay away from unwanted sexual comments/behaviour,” she posted.

On Sunday the restaurant responded on its Facebook page by saying: “We can confirm that no employees have been dismissed from the company regarding these allegations. We have a duty of care to protect all of our employees from any discrimination or sexual harassment within the work place and we take any comments towards our employees very seriously and act upon them immediately in a professional manner.” And although the story still attracted a number of critical comments towards the restaurant it concluded: “At this moment in time we will not be making any further comments.”