There have been cases of women getting fired for not wearing a bra to work. Young women like Kate Hannah and Christina Schell made headlines when their employers gave them the boot for refusing to wear a bra. Hannah took to social media to express her grievances about the incidence, causing an uproar among women who felt the action of her boss was unfair and discriminatory, especially given the fact that Hannah was not wearing a revealing outfit when it happened but was appropriately dressed in a high-neck T-shirt.
Instead of Hannah’s boss to reprimand her brother who sexually harassed Hannah because she wasn’t wearing a bra, she instead disrespected Hannah, calling her names in the presence of other employees. Was she right to do that and was Hannah within her rights to go to work braless?
Being braless is fast becoming a trend among women who feel they should be seen as humans and not as instruments for men’s pleasure. #freethenipple is a popular hashtag women use to verbally fight against the societal pressure that non-bra wearing women face.
Supporters of this movement believe that if men are not asked to wear an undergarment when their nipples are no different from women’s, women shouldn’t be required to wear one too. They say it is the comfort that they seek when they don’t strap on bras underneath their cloth, not attention. There are also women who have to go without a bra due to certain health issues. So when they go to work without wearing a bra, are they within their rights to do so?
Going Braless To Work Is Within Your Rights
Can you sue your boss for firing you because you didn’t wear a bra? Obviously, you can—Christina Schell did. So far as is known, there is no law that outrightly states that women should not wear a bra to work. Yea, companies have policies about dressing and they can impose one if they wish. However, a dress code will be deemed discriminatory, says Attorney Charlotte Farrell if it singles a person out or is not applied neutrally.
But Your Boss Can Make You Wear A Bra To Work
Your boss has the right to dismiss you from work for not wearing a bra if his/her dress code policy embodies in a non-discriminatory and explicit way what you should and shouldn’t wear to work. However, it would be unfair to deny an individual of comfort for the sake of making another person comfortable.
As a boss, you should have the professionalism to bring up sensitive or difficult topics with your employee without being discriminatory or disrespectful about it.
People, in general, should learn to respect the decision and rights of others. Don’t discriminate, debase or harass other people just because you don’t understand their lifestyle or because they make you feel uncomfortable.