Weigh-ins are usually associated with professional boxers, horse racing jockeys and overstuffed bags at the airport. But what about when an employer insisted a restaurant worker climb aboard the scale — and then picked her up and put her there when she refused?
If you were among the female employees of a New York restaurant who complained about being forced to be weighed, you were fired.
Most businesses know better than to base employment decisions and judge someone’s ability to do a job based on that person’s physical appearance. Look no further than the casinos and other operations that were hammered in court for firing cocktail servers who “looked too old,” didn’t fit in costumes (not thin enough), or matched other negative stereotypes.
In behavior designed to turn the gender rights movement back more than 20 years, a female employee said a co-worker inappropriately touched and made vulgar comments during the two years she worked there. He constantly asked her how much she weighed — and even hoisted her onto the scale himself at one point.
Shortly after complaining about the behavior, two female employees were fired.
The two women filed suit against the restaurant, claiming they were subjected to retaliatory termination, battery, false imprisonment and a hostile work environment.
The hands-on offender said he didn’t do anything wrong.
But the New York County Supreme Court wouldn’t dismiss the case and sent it on for trial: It was clear that terminations occurred immediately in the wake of employee complaints.