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Employee claims gender discrimination at Alberta car dealership

At an Alberta car dealership, a female salesperson used social media to accuse her employer of terminating her due to an inappropriate outfit. She posted her accusations on Facebook, alleging female workplace discrimination. According to the employee, a female colleague commented on her see-through top.

The woman says she was informed that the matter would be discussed in a meeting with the general manager later. Furthermore, she was told to change into more appropriate clothing at the office or else go home to change. She states that she refused because she wore the same top to her job interview for the salesperson position, and it was not regarded as inappropriate then. She later received a phone call from the general manager, who informed her that her employment was terminated, even though he was not at the dealership to see her outfit.

Another employee at the dealership responded on Facebook, claiming that the reason for her dismissal was not the see-through top but her conduct instead. This person says the fired employee was offered a sweater to wear over the top, but she refused that and chose to change at home. However, she allegedly returned to the office before going home and caused a significant commotion in a verbal fight, using vulgar and loud language. It was made clear that this behaviour caused her dismissal and not the inappropriate top she wore.

Cases like this one could be damaging to the staff member and the business owner. The most appropriate step for both the employee and the employer might be to consult with their respective lawyers who have experience in all matters related to workplace discrimination in Alberta. The lawyers might resolve the issue through mediation; otherwise, they can represent their clients in ensuing legal proceedings.

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