May 29, 2009

Fired Over Makeup


A story came across my inbox this morning. The story of a beautiful waitress fired because she refused to wear makeup to work.

"Shenoa Vild worked at a Trophy's restaurant in Mission Valley, San Diego, for five years when new management bought the place and started requiring waitresses to wear makeup in an effort to class up the joint. (Because nothing says classy like pancake makeup and six coats of mascara.) Well, Shenoa's not a big fan of makeup and said no. Management asked her to take her natural, glowing complexion elsewhere."

I was shocked to find out it is technically legal to fire an employee for not wearing make up, and couldn't help but think that this move had nothing to do with "classing up the place" rather had everything to do with "sexing up the place."

10 comments:

K.H. said...

Isn't that horrid? I was pissed when I read that, too. While I am required to wear makeup at Hooters, I went in to the job well aware of this. That woman was made to leave after five years!

G.H. said...

So Ridiculous.
Would Hooters fire you if you went in one day without makeup?

K.H. said...

They could, were I not wearing at least a bit of mascara. Honestly, I doubt that the managers would if it was just once or twice. The thing is, I went in to my job knowing that my image played a large part in being hired. I knew that to fail to conform to that image in the future could cost me my job. This poor girl had no idea...

Becca6296 said...

I worked for a loooooong time as a server. By the end I had worked IN Tucson, Cape Cod, Boston and NYC's North end and SOHO I went to school for esthetics. I learned there that when selling makeup you must wear it. When selling and serving Italian food and wine, grappa etc you must never wear the products but somehow you always do.
I no longer serve food I got sober and began to hear the actual words like stupid cunt that were screamed in our faces nightly all to be forgiven with some carpaccio
if they had there way THEIRS if not makeup helped subdue the resentment if you were 'organic' in these environments you were clearly a DYKE

HA
I have a books worth of stories on various characters and my involvement or lack thereof with some of the most interesting talented animated.... Conclusion being the serving actual cuisine it can be a sexually charged exchange SOMEHOW just picking up a mussel ap.
Who KNEW?

Becca6296 said...

Ps Carpaccio is raw beef an appetizer sliced thin and YUM O as the UNchef says.
Theirs being their FAZUL
Sausage whatever
I LOVE your blog your style of writing your very creative and funny also the graphic descriptions are right on. YOU are a TALENT.

G.H. said...

K.H- Your right. You understand your position and therefore comply with the wishes, this poor girl thought things were fine the way they were. I still am shocked that tomorrow my managers could fire me, and have legal rights to do so if they deemed me inappropriately groomed. yuck.

Becca- Thanks for the compliment, and thanks for reading. You are absolutely right about looking organic, i never quite thought about it that way. Isn't it funny that a woman comfortable with the way she looks naturally without makeup might be considered a dyke because she has no desire to look sexually attractive for a man.

Becca6296 said...

aaaaah and therefore in Italian espresso charged a FAngU mentality:
UNAPPETIZING woman bottle opener pasta slinger = less money in the BANK for said owner, IE: the maphia threatens your loved ones if you basically dont get a boob job
I am only SLIGHTLY exaggerating and that was the boob part ;-)

Becca6296 said...

PS I must add makeup wearing smoking organic gardener to my profile now :-)

redgirl said...

wow...I officially love your blog! Just discovered it. I work in a hotel, and always wondered about the other half--thanks for the enlightenment lol

G.H. said...

Redgirl. Thanks for reading. Love your stuff.