To: Honey Birdette

Not YOUR Honey - Honey Birdette Workers Need Safe Workplaces!

Honey Birdette have a responsibility to protect their workers from harassment and discrimination.

We're calling on Honey Birdette to:
- Stop encouraging the sexual harassment of their staff by customers
- Implement policies and training to deal with harassment and bullying from customers
- End their sexist dress code

Why is this important?

Three years ago I walked into a company that promised me a future of female positivity. I was painted a world of inclusiveness and feminine glamour that I was assured came from the truest intentions of the appreciation of their uniquely selected staff members. I felt the pride of this identity and pledged myself to this company, ran by women, as a job that honoured me equally in my beliefs and work ethic.

Honey Birdette promised a dream. They delivered a nightmare.

I saw women mocked for daring to apply for a job at Honey Birdette. I saw workers humiliated and threatened by management because they weren't wearing perfectly applied lipstick all day, their heels weren't high enough, and because they didn't "talk the way a Honey should talk".

I saw workers sexually harassed and intimidated by customers - and when these women spoke up, management told them to suck it up.

In addition, the hours and hours of unpaid overtime we were expected to do - from starting early and finishing late, to skipping lunch breaks and toilet breaks due to the pressure of missing a sale.

Honey Birdette's management pretend they're all about empowering women, but they've sacrificed their values and put their workers in physical danger just to make a profit.

It's disgraceful and it needs to end. Workers at Honey Birdette boutiques have a right to feel safe and respected at work.


Reasons for signing

  • I had a job interview at a honey birdette store. I had been a regular customer and I was so excited to get an interview. That was until I met the store manager who interviewed or better described as belittled me for the entire interview, It was horrible and the most unprofessional experience I have had and rather than feeling empowered like I did as a customer I was left feeling worthless. I have been left feeling sick about the staff that endure that kind of abuse every day.
  • I know someone who worked there. They said she didn't wear the right make up, not enough liner, not red enough lips. Shoes weren't correct. Then intimidation to buy their products and wear them to work. How does this shambles of a company still get customers?? Disgusting treatment of staff. There is no empowering of women in this company. It's all about the sales and making your staff wear underwear as their non official uniform.
  • I love the empowering feeling that lingerie can bring to a woman and had previously shopped at Honey Birdette. However I cannot continue to support a company that treats its workers in such a horrific way.

Updates

2016-12-08 16:00:04 +1100

Former Honey Birdette workers ran a snap action outside Honey Birdette Melbourne Central today. Check out the photos: https://www.facebook.com/youngworkerscentre/posts/1883549188598911

2016-12-05 10:51:30 +1100

Have you worked at Honey Birdette? We'd love to talk to you about your experiences: http://bit.ly/2gRv5DD

2016-12-04 09:10:37 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

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