Lip Taken Out Of Service

The 670,000 women in the British service industry won’t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly aren’t. Since Minister Harman has the power to amend any discrimination law, she was able to bypass parliament to take care of business. Although her opponents have been vocal, they’re not exactly troubling. The Centre For Public Policy Study’s right-wing think tank member Jill Kirby snapped that, “It is trying to legislate against everyday behavior.” Um, riiiiiiiight. This isn’t some Chicken Little law. Employees will have to document at least three incidents in which management refused to intervene before an employee can file a complaint. So, if you’re against protecting working women from being, as the amendment states, “subjected to any conduct related to their sex which violates their dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment,” perhaps you should stay home because you are not welcome in public eateries, pubs, clubs, hotels, or anywhere else for that matter. [This Is London]

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