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UK: Muslim Waitress in UK wins lawsuit for being 'forced' to wear 'revealing dress'

Then she puts up a pic of herself on facebook showing her tits...LOL.

Miss Lemes pictured in a low-cut top on her Facebook page

Fata Lemes, 33, told a tribunal that she was ‘not used to wearing sexually attractive clothes’ and that the bright red dress made her feel ‘she might as well be naked.’

the dress he was asked 2 wear
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and her facebook pic
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which shows more of her cleavage than the dress she complained about - also what the fuck was she doing as a waitress in a bar where part of her pay was for tips for encouraging people 2 buy drinks - she looks as if she would drive more away - even topless I bet she is scary
But today she appeared to contradict herself by posting pictures of herself on the social networking website Facebook, in which she is wearing a revealing top.

The tribunal concluded the Bosnian Muslim 'holds views about modesty and decency which some might think unusual in Britain in the 21st century' but rejected her claim that the dress, which she was asked to wear at the Rocket bar in London’s Mayfair was ‘sexually revealing and indecent.’

However it accepted that Miss Lemes genuinely believed that the short, low-cut dress was 'disgusting' and made her look 'like a prostitute'.

Her bosses should have made allowance for her feelings and their insistence that she wear the dress amounted to sexual harassment, the tribunal ruled.

The panel at Central London Employment Tribunal found that Miss Lemes overstated her trauma at being asked to wear the sleeveless dress that was open at the back.

It also rejected Miss Lemes' claim that she was left with no choice but to walk out of her job after just eight days.

It branded her compensation claim of £20,000 including £17,500 for hurt feelings as 'manifestly absurd'.

But it awarded her £2,919.95 for hurt feelings and loss of earnings..

In its judgment, the panel ruled that restaurant group Spring & Greene, which owns the Rocket chain, must 'take their victim as they find her'.

It said of the dress: 'It is eye-catching, not only because of its colour but also because of its cut and lines. It is clearly a garment for a girl or young woman. It is intended to, and does, show the curves of the body.

'It seeks to make the wearer attractive. It might be seen as a party dress or something to wear at an informal celebration.'
Muslim cocktail waitress Fata Lemes

Muslim cocktail waitress Fata Lemes wearing the red cocktail dress

But the panel ruled that wearing the dress could not amount to 'conduct of a sexual nature'.

It added: 'We would see the matter otherwise if we considered the dress genuinely indecent or if the wearing of it was, or could reasonably be seen as, tantamount to signalling availability for sexual favours.

'But the facts do not put this case into that category. We appreciate that Miss Lemes takes a different view.'

Miss Lemes claimed she was pestered for sex by customers at the bar shortly after starting work in May last year.

She also alleged that bosses ran Rocket 'like a sex club' and that clients treated waitresses like prostitutes.

The panel ruled: 'Her perception was that wearing the dress would make her feel as if she was on show, as if she was being presented as one of the attractions which the Rocket Bar was offering its customers.

'In our view that perception was legitimate and not unreasonable. In our judgment, the effect of requiring her to wear the dress was to violate her dignity.

'We further consider that it created for her an environment which was degrading, humiliating and offensive.'

But the tribunal rejected Miss Lemes' claim of constructive dismissal. It ruled: 'It seems to us that the proper interpretation of events is that the employment ended by mutual consent once it became clear that there was no prospect of the differences over the dress being resolved.

'Miss Lemes holds views about modesty and decency which some might think unusual in Britain in the 21st century but this implies no criticism of her. In any event, the bar discriminated against her and they must take their victim as they find her.'

Giving evidence, Miss Lemes, of Camden, north-west London, told the tribunal she had worked as a waitress for 14 years and was experienced in silver service.

She took the job at Rocket, earning £5.52 an hour plus a share of service charge and tips, to supplement her income as a photographer.

Miss Lemes said that on only her second shift two guests told her they were looking for a blonde 'for one or more nights'.

She said: 'On my second shift, I was approached by two guests explaining that they were looking for a blonde Scandinavian or Swedish girl for one or more nights.

'It was obvious that they thought that I was Scandinavian. I politely refused the offer.

'I was offended by that offer. I considered the company must be indicating to guests that the bar was the type of bar where they could make sexual offers to staff.'

She initially wore a loose-fitting black linen shirt and trousers but a week into the job, she was given the new outfit, which she considered 'physically revealing and openly sexual'.

She said: 'Waitresses told me, looking worried, that the company had brought dresses for us to wear that they thought I would not like.

'It was a bright red dress that was clinging and revealing of the body. It was clearly designed to be attractive to men sexually.

'It was indecent. If you put this dress on, you might as well be naked. Everything finishes in the middle at the chest. It is open at the front and back. I did not want men looking at my body.

'I was particularly concerned that clients, who already had made sexual proposals while I was wearing loose black clothing, would regard me as a sexual object or a prostitute.'

At the tribunal, the restaurant group produced photos of another waitress, Amanda Bjursten, wearing the dress in the bar and she modelled it at the tribunal hearing.

Ms Bjursten, from Sweden, said she was 'completely comfortable' wearing the dress.

The bar's manager Luca Scanu denied the dress was designed to boost custom and tips from male clients by being 'sexually inviting'.

Miss Lemes' lawyer Joe Sykes asked the restaurant's general manager Danila Bodei: 'The reason for choosing the colour red was to indicate that the waitresses were sexually available, wasn't it?'

She replied: 'No, it was just the colour to match the bar.'


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Added: Jun-23-2009 
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