Canadian woman fired for refusing to wear bra to work

A Canadian woman has labelled her suspension "a human rights issue" after she was reportedly fired for not wearing a bra to work.

Christina Scheell, 25, has waited tables at Osoyoos Golf Club in British Columbia since June this year. She told the Daily Mail she refused to comply with the implementation of a new dress code at the club, stating female employees "must wear either a tank top or bra under their uniform shirt."

Scheell says when she confronted general manager Doug Robb, she was told the rule was to protect her from members of the club.

"I know what happens in golf clubs when alcohol is involved," Ms Scheell claims her former boss told her.

Ms Scheell says the dress code is "sexist", calling it a "human rights issue" as the rule only applies to women.

"I have nipples and so do the men," she says.

She claims she has not worn a bra for three years, and found them "horrible" when she did wear them.

"It was absurd," she said. "Why do you get to dictate what's underneath my clothes?"

She's now filed a human rights complaint.

Speaking to CBC news, US employment lawyer Nadia Zaman says: "If they simply require that female employees wear a bra but then they don't have a similar requirement for males, and they can't really justify that ... then there is a risk that their policy's going to be deemed to be discriminatory."