That's a sexist rule, bra!

Only in America.

Oh, wait. This is Canada. (For once.)

Christine Schell, a former employee of the Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, British Columbia (a lovely spot just north of the Washington State border), was allegedly fired from her job as a server at the club because she refused to wear a bra or an undershirt to work, in violation of the Club dress code. She has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, contending that the dress code discriminated against women.

Supposedly her manager was worried that the braless Ms. Schell might not be treated in a gentlemanly manner by certain Club members. According to the CBC, the Club's policy required women to wear either a bra or a tank top under their uniform shirts.

The following is an open letter from me to the Osoyoos Golf Club:

Dear Osoyoos Golf Club:

Not that I think you did anything wrong, but here is a very easy solution to your problem. Amend your dress code as follows:

NOW: "Women must wear either a tank top or bra under their uniform shirt."

NEW, IMPROVED: "All employees must wear either a tank top, undershirt, or bra under their uniform shirt."

Your friend,


P.S. Nothing in this letter should be construed as legal advice.

Of course, there's still the matter of back pay and reinstatement . . .

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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