A year ago, a restaurant chain in the Greater Toronto Area, Burger King, was facing a legal challenge for selling a “slut-shaming” sign in its dining room.
Now, the company is facing similar lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada over a similar sign.
In Canada, the owner of the restaurant is being sued by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted after being in the restaurant.
“I’m just so happy that it’s finally happening here in Halifax,” said Michelle Wohlgemuth, an employee of a Halifax-area restaurant.
But she’s also concerned about the potential impact it could have on her family.
The case centres on the sign.
The sign reads, “The worst part about being a slut is that you get no respect from anyone.”
Wohlemuth said she has been working at Burger King for five years, and has never experienced such a hostile workplace environment.
“It was very difficult for me,” she said.
“Being a woman, I didn’t have much of a voice.”
Witzler said the sign is one of many that has been around in Halifax for decades.
“A lot of restaurants have had signs saying ‘slutty’ or ‘sluts’ for decades,” she added.
“So when a sign is said that is degrading to women, then it’s kind of a microcosm of what is going on in our society.”
The lawsuit, filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, is seeking damages for defamation, breach of contract and invasion of privacy.
Wohl-Muth said the signs were meant to promote women’s equality.
She also said that the signs should be taken down.
“The signs that are being put up are part of the larger debate around what women should and should not be allowed to do in restaurants,” Wohlmeuth said.
The lawsuit says that the company has already received complaints about the signs from female customers.
Wollomuth said that she has received numerous emails from people upset at the signs and other signs being installed in other restaurants.
“There’s a lot of negativity out there,” she explained.
“You don’t have the ability to speak out and say, ‘Oh, it’s not acceptable for women to be treated that way.’
You just have to accept that.”
Wollgemuth said it’s important for Burger King to understand that the signage is not offensive.
“We understand the way that people are feeling,” she told The Associated Press.
“That’s not what this is about.
This is not about the women who are in this restaurant.
It’s about the people who work in this place.”
The Halifax-based chain has been fined $100,000 in the case and paid $2.4 million by the woman who sued.
Wahlstrom said the lawsuit was filed as a “small gesture” to show Burger King that it has an ethical stance on workplace discrimination.
The company has agreed to pay $20,000 to the woman and $1.5 million in legal fees.
The U.K. company, who is owned by the family of Burger King’s founder, John Fudd, is also facing an investigation by the U