First of all, there are always two sides to every story. A woman says she was recently fired from an Alberta car dealership for wearing a see-thru top, but employees of the dealership have taken to social media to state otherwise.
Caitlin Bernier says she was fired from Alberta Honda on 97 Street and 127 Ave in Edmonton for her inappropriate outfit.
“I walked into work and sat at my desk where I was immediately met by a female staff member. She had a sweater in her hand and said do you know your shirt is see-thru? You have to either put this sweater on or go home and change,” Bernier posted on social media. “She then said that the male managers are uncomfortable with what I was wearing and asked me to tell you to change or cover-up.”
“As you can see in the photos, my shirt is not see-thru. This even happened to be the exact outfit I wore the day I was interviewed and hired by the male management,” Bernier said in the post. “I then said that I was not going to change since I felt that my outfit was appropriate and have worn the top days prior as well as for my interview and no one had said anything to me. After all, I am here to work and I should not be going home to change, which would take away from my selling. The sweater was extremely unreasonable to go over top of an already wool long sleeve when it is over +20 outside. I also expressed that I was not going to be told by any male to cover up and follow instruction when I know my outfit is fine just because they are somehow uncomfortable.”
Bernier says she went to the HR lady at the business where she agreed with her that her shirt was not see thru and was fine for work.
“I was told that when the general manager (also male) got into work then we would have a meeting, Bernier said. “The GM wasn’t going to be in for a couple of hours. I was so embarrassed and physically upset with this whole situation and felt as if all the male managers were staring at me. I ended up going home and asked them to phone me when the GM was in to have a sit-down meeting. Hours later at home I received a call from the GM and he said I heard you wore something inappropriate to work and were not following the dress code or instructions when you were told to change, so I am letting you go. Keep in mind that he never saw what I was wearing.”
An alleged employee who works at Alberta Honda took to Reddit to defend their workplace for the decision to fire Bernier. There was no name given, but the employee says in the post that it was because of Bernier’s lash out at management after being told to change.
It is unclear if Bernier was just being bullied and harassed at her workplace by co-workers. Was her lash out appropriate after being singled out by management?
“At work I was the only female salesperson,” Bernier wrote on Facebook. “A few days prior to this a female receptionist was wearing a white spaghetti strap tank top with no bra and was not asked to change.”
Berneir says she feels discriminated against for being the only female sales person and says she was not given the opportunity to expression of her opinion to the GM or for him to even see what she was wearing.
“Working here I have experienced sexual comments from male staff, but my top made the males uncomfortable,” Berneir wrote. “Who should really be feeling uncomfortable? I am writing this post to show that FEMALE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION is a real thing! Today I lost my job because I was a woman that didn’t fit into a males place of work”.
River Radio has tried to make contact with both parties involved to have some questions answered. We are waiting to hear back from them.