I have been pulled from my sloth-like existence by a story I just read on cbc.ca.
Stacey Fearnall is a waitress in Ontario who shaved her head to raise money for the charity Cops for Cancer ... and was fired for doing so. WTF? I cannot understand the logic behind this bonehead move.
This is wrong on so many different levels. First of all, she did this for charity. She raised $2,700 for cancer research. She was being completely unselfish and this is how she's rewarded? Oh, thanks for being selfless and generous and BRAVE (hello - she shaved her head) but, uh, you're fired!
Secondly, how can the owner justify firing someone because of how they look? That's not even legal. You can't fire someone for being ugly or being a certain gender or a certain race. You can fire people for being lazy or for stealing or for not doing their job correctly. Shaving her head doesn't not make her lazy or a thief or incompetent. Unless she signed a contract that implicitly stated that her employment was dependent on her having long hair, I don't understand how the owner can get away with firing her for not having long hair anymore.
Thirdly, this is a gender issue. If a man shaved his head, it would be acceptable. A waiter who shaved his head would not be fired for doing so. Stacey is being punished for shaving her head because she is a woman and a woman with a shaved head falls outside of society's norms. It's appalling.
Having a shaved head does not impede Stacey's job performance. In fact, I would argue that it improves it. How many times have you gone to a restaurant and found a hair in your food? It completely ruins the dining experience. Stacey has eliminated the problem completely! Not only that, but just think of how much faster she can do her job, now that she doesn't have long hair slowing her down (wind resistance!)
So, anyone residing in Owen Sound, Ontario, please show your support by boycotting Nathaniel's Restaurant. The owner (who doesn't even have the guts to address the media, instead releasing a statement saying it is an employer-employee matter and such matters are not to be dealt with in the public) should be ashamed of himself.