Waitress sues bar after she was forced to wear a schoolgirl uniform with a fan blowing up her skirt

Courtney Scaramella, 23, a former waitress at  a California sportsbar, says she was fired after she refused to slip into a  revealing skirt while slinging beers.

Ms Scaramella said that the outfit was  indecent, made her job difficult to perform, and that it objectified her and her  coworkers.

She now wants unspecified damages from  O’Hara’s in Westwood, but the bar fired back and said she was never unfairly  terminated, she quit.

Angry

Angry: Courtney Scaramella, 23, a former waitress at a  California sportsbar, says she was fired after she refused to slip into a  revealing skirt while slinging beers

 

Humiliated

Humiliated: Ms Scaramella said that the outfit was  indecent, made her job difficult to perform, and that it objectified her and her  coworkers

Ms Scaramella said that she worked at the bar without  incident for four years as a happy employee.

Then, new managers took over and replaced her  black slacks and blouse uniform with a skimpy plaid skirt.

‘It wasn’t fair to me, it wasn’t fair to the  other girls who were working there,’ she said to KTLA. ‘Everyone was offended by it. Nobody wanted to  do it, but unfortunately, jobs are hard to come by right now and some people  were stuck.’

Ms Scaramella said she tried the skirts on for a few  days, but wasn’t comfortable working in them. She was vocal about her  disappointment and sent the new owners a letter that detailed her problems with  the outfit.

In response to her note, the skirts were  dropped, but Ms Scaramella’s  hours were drastically reduced and her shifts were changed to less desirable  ones, she says.

Three days later, she says she was  fired.

‘They just can’t treat people like this,’  said Ms Scaramella  to CBS. ‘What’s right is right and this was not  fair.’

Her and her attorney filed a formal lawsuit  against the bar on May 24, demanding unspecified damages for  sexual  harassment, wrongful termination and unpaid wages.

The skirt, she said, was just the tip of the  iceberg.

In addition to wearing ‘embarrassing’ attire,  cocktail waitresses were asked to rate female customers on a scale of 1 – 10 and  offer free shots to those women that scored a 6 or higher.

The worst offense, however, was that the  managers placed a fan below the registers that blew up the mini-skirts the  cocktail waitresses were forced to wear.

‘She was not fired, she quit,’ said the bar’s  attorney Roger H. Licht to CBS. ‘They plan on fighting this all the way to the  end to prove that the claims are baseless.’

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