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.