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He warned that nonprofits helping the migrants were operating beyond capacity, and there was no end in sight to the migrant surge.
Nicholls called on the feds to do more to help, perhaps by “bringing in a FEMA-type response to our community, so FEMA and the federal government in their response could address the situation.”
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Oh, the stoopidity.
The recently opening of the Teenie Bikini Bistro in Kamloops, B.C., has an employment lawyer concerned about workplace discrimination but the restaurant's co-owner maintains it's nothing to worry about.
The bistro features pub-style food served by women wearing bikinis. Kelowna lawyer David Brown with Kent Employment Law says it's disconcerting.
"I was surprised that this continues to be prevalent in this day and age ... I kind of started thinking about the legal implications of this kind of a business plan," Brown told Chris Walker, host of Daybreak South.
Brown cites the B.C. Human Rights Code, which prevents discrimination in the workplace on a number of different grounds including gender, sexual orientation and disability. He is concerned that the Teenie Bikini Bistro's hiring practices may be discriminatory toward men, older workers or workers with disabilities, among others.
Bistro co-owner Leeann Mcarthur says it's simply not the case. She says she has no specific hiring process, nor is it mandatory that those applying look a certain way or even be female.
"We have all shapes and sizes here. Most of us have stretch marks," said Mcarthur.
"I've got four kids. I've got stretch marks. I'm wearing a bikini right now. And you know, I'm confident enough to do it and it doesn't bother me."
While Mcarthur has not had any men apply for serving positions at the restaurant yet, she says that as with women, she would hire men if they applied and were solid candidates.
Brown says that legally, imposing a dress code which has the potential to violate or create a different working environment on either the worker or on those workers who don't conform to that model is problematic.
But Mcarthur says she doesn't force her waitresses to wear bikinis. They can work in whatever attire they choose.
"If the girl is confident enough, I don't care what she looks like. If she's willing to wear a bathing suit or bikini or she's comfortable in shorts … whatever she's comfortable in, wear it."
Brown says that while the women who work at places like Teenie Bikini Bistro may consent to wearing a bikini, they do not necessarily consent to some of the sexual harassment that might happen within the workplace such as crude jokes, unwanted touching or catcalls.
"It raises concerns about challenges toward the women who are serving the floors," said Brown.
Mcarthur says sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality of the restaurant industry in general.
"You get that no matter what kind of job you're working," she said. "Honestly, I think the men are a little more cautious here," she said of the restaurant's patrons. .............More in the article