|Erin Sandilands was told to wear a skirt and make up so she’d be easier on the eye (Picture: SWNS)|
A teenage waitress has won a sex discrimination case against her restaurant boss after he told her to put on a skirt and make up to make her ‘easy on the eye’. Erin Sandilands was told to look more glamorous for customers at Cecchini’s bistro in Ardrossan, Ayrshire.
But when she complained she was told her services were no longer required. She’s now been given a £3,500 payout at an Employment Tribunal for injury to feelings and lost wages.
The 18-year-old said: ‘I’m delighted with the result of the tribunal. I did not think it would be that successful. ‘I was quite reluctant to go to a tribunal, because I had never done anything like that before.
|Cecchini’s restaurant was ordered to pay Erin £3,500 (Picture: Google Street View)|
‘I would just like people to know what sort of business they are. It’s not an establishment I’d like other girls to work at.’ She added: ‘When it happened it was completely unnecessary. I was dressed smartly and was wearing the uniform as it had been described to me.
‘They said I should wear a skirt and make-up and put my hair up and be more feminine. They said that the punters would like that. I felt utterly humiliated and upset. ‘I argued that I was dressed smartly, but the very next day I found out I wouldn’t be getting any more shifts. It made me very angry.’
In her judgement, tribunal judge Claire McManus said she found Erin’s evidence to be ‘entirely credible’. And she said the comments made by her manager amounted to discrimination towards Erin because she was female, as he would not have made them to a male employee.
The written judgement also found that his conduct amounted to harassment in a ‘degrading and humiliating’ working environment, and awarded the 18-year-old £2,500 in compensation for the injury to her feelings and £1,060 in lost wages.
Anthony Cecchini, owner of the restaurant, said: ‘The allegations are untrue, and we intend to appeal this decision.’
- Metro UK