Row Over Petite Ad - Wednesday 06, April-2005
WANTED: Waitresses between sizes zero and six for a Japanese restaurant.
Classic Japanese and Thai restaurant, Zen, located at the Crane Resort, St Philip, is recruiting petite women as waitresses at the restaurant.
In an advertisement on Page 9 of yesterdays DAILY NATION, Zen advertised for a waitress who must comfortably fit in a traditional, Japanese Kimono (United States dress size zero to six), [with] minimum fifth form education, no experience necessary, will train the right candidates.
However, questions have been raised as to if it was discriminatory to specify that prospective employees be a certain size.
Attorney-at-law Ralph Thorne said it was, though its not unlawful.
It is not unlawful because there is no anti-discriminatory legislation in Barbados, he told the DAILY NATION.
And even if there was legislation, it probably would not cover dress size. It would more than likely cover age, race and gender.
Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sheila Stuart, was outraged when the advertisement was brought to her attention.
This is outright discrimination. One cannot discriminate [on the basis of] dress size, looks and things like that, and this really should stop, she said.
However, you find that people get away with this through the selection process and this leads to stereotyping. This is seen in other areas too, where women in certain professions dress in a way to attract male customers.
Like gas attendants for instance. [They] wear tight skirts above the knee and this is wrong. The Labour Department should point this out to employers . . . We have to be careful about that.
Repeated efforts to speak with human resources manager at the Crane Resort, Sean Alleyne, went unanswered.
However, a source within the department said they did not see their request for petite women as discriminatory.
According to that officer, the traditional Japanese outfit, the kimono, was small and slim and could only fit petite people.
I aint see wha all de argument about. A bony girl cant enter the miss big n beautiful so what is the point? I just want to know if they trying to say that Japanese women don't get past size 6?