Ouch! Spa sued over Brazilian wax training
A former employee who dished out the procedure claims she was fired for not allowing a coworker to perform it on her.
A spa in Pittsburgh felt it wasn't a whole lot to ask, and it required all of its new employees to have a Brazilian wax performed on them by another staff member.
One employee from Western Pennsylvania didn't like the idea of exposing herself to coworkers and subjecting herself to the painful process, so she balked at the European Wax Center's request in October. She was fired immediately.
The former employee, 35-year-old Jennifer Finley, has since filed suit against the waxing chain, according to The Huffington Post, claiming that the procedure would have been "painful, humiliating, embarrassing and discriminatory."
In Finley's view, her firing amounts to both wrongful termination and gender discrimination -- since only female employees were required to take part. While Finley would have been subjected to what every one of her and the European Wax Center's clients has to go through -- mainly, exposing your most sensitive of nether regions to strangers and allowing them to perform an agonizing procedure in the name of beauty -- her lawyer says it's the people who would have performed the procedure on Finley who presented a problem.
"Obviously, it's part of the job," Finley's lawyer, Vincent Mersich, told The Huffington Post. "But when you include the coworkers in the scenario, the dynamic changes quite a bit."
That lack of anonymity made Finley extremely uncomfortable, as did the fact that she expected to be menstruating on the day of her waxing training. According to Finley's complaint, the spa owner fired her. Finley lost not only her $8-an-hour in pay -- 75 cents more than Pennsylvania's minimum wage -- but the modest commission she received for bringing in new customers. She has since filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
There is nothing worse than dirty/smelly private parts and $8.00 an hour is not enough to tolerate this.
Working as a Brazilian waxer in Washington DC. Imagine your potential clients - Hillary Clinton, Pelosi, Wasserman-Schultz, Sheila Jackson Lee, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Maxine Waters, and don't forget - Barney Frank. You'd have to give them a flea dip first, and since they hate spending any of their own money, the tips would be terrible. Ugh!
Absurd that they could REQUIRE you to do this! so........ If I work in a bank ,I should let my co-workers handle my money? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!
They may THINK that they can make an employee participate, but you can't require an employee to be waxed-and obviously inspected by a supervisor, that would be sexual harassment, possibly molestation charges could be filed for a person being forced to have this area photographed.
the owner was obviously male. the ruse may work with an 18 yr old certainly not with a 35 yr old.
It is not right. It should be a choice. For example people got angry on how airport security handled bodily searches and you had your clothes on! Really this is wrong there is a difference!
Pennsylvania is an "at will" state. In a nutshell an employer can fire you for any reason. If they don't want brown eyed people now ,and you work there and have brown eyes...ta ta. Her lawyer should know that!
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