Woman claims shift lost to younger staff 0
A Prince George woman who claims she was told she was too old at 34 to work the evening shift at a restaurant lounge has been given approval to pursue her complaint in the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
Nicole Vandal lost her shift at Moxie’s Restaurant when she sprained her ankle last September. When she tried to get it back, Vandal claims she was told “sex sells” and “younger, prettier” employees were preferred to work in the more lucrative lounge.
“The clientele isn’t looking for girls your age, they want the younger girls,” she claimed she was told.
Moxie’s and the restaurant manager have rejected the claim and said Vandal lacked the required two-years experience. In addition, she didn’t have proper schedule availability.
Vandal, who has since quit the restaurant, claims she could only work from 5:30 p.m. onwards as she has a day job. Prior to her injury, she had worked for more than a month at night.
While she didn’t have any previous restaurant experience, Vandal said there were other criteria, including work ethic and competence, which should have been considered.