HR · 31 May 2018

Bar owner quick to defend employees over “slut-shaming” Facebook review

Owner Paul Davies and two members of MoneyPenny’s bar staff. Credit: The Newcastle Herald
After being named and shamed on Facebook by a customer, a small business owner is quick to defend his bar and staff.

An online reviewer claimed that the employee’s skirts were too revealing? and made them feel uncomfortable whilst they were dining in the restaurant.

The post read: Maybe you should dress your staff in better uniform, trying to relax with a quiet drink, and staff are bent over in very revealing skirts where you see their business. Very inappropriate. Certainly not professional.

Owner of MoneyPenny in Newcastle, Austrailia, New South Wales, Paul Davies said he was disappointed, stunned and frustrated when he spotted the post.

In response to the post, owner Davies replied: The only thing inappropriate here is you publicly slut-shaming someone in 2018.

Davies told the Newcastle Herald: ‘The fact that people rarely address anything with you face-to-face and go straight to the internet is so disappointing, but I guess it speaks volumes as to [the] current state of our society.

Davies encourages his staff to wear whatever they chose to work, with the exception of kitchen staff, who dress according to safety regulations.

I believe for customers to love a company; your staff need to love it first. For me, I know I feel much more comfortable wearing my own clothes so why shouldnt they enjoy the same freedoms?

if I can give my staff a confident mindset before they have even left the house, Im already one step of the way towards providing an enjoyable work environment in which people want to spend time in.


 
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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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