Law, sexual harassment, and restaurants: exploring the experiences of women working in the British Columbia restaurant sector

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dc.contributor.author Matulewicz, Kaitlyn
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-09T21:13:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-09T21:13:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8081
dc.description.abstract Sexual harassment in the workplace is both illegal discrimination under human rights law and a part of the everyday experiences of women working in the full-service restaurant industry in British Columbia (BC). This dissertation is a feminist, institutional ethnographic inquiry into how women’s unwanted or uncomfortable sexual experiences with managers, co-workers, and customers within the context of full-service restaurant work in BC are still happening more than three decades after sexual harassment was first named sex discrimination in Canada. I argue that restaurant work is organized in such a way that uncomfortable or unwanted sexual experiences at work are made normal. My dissertation tells the story of how law is implicated in the construction of such restaurant workplaces within which sexual harassment and unwanted sexual experiences are normalized. The complicated interaction between the social context of restaurant work, workplace practices in restaurants, and inadequate employment standards legislation constructs precarious work environments wherein workers have little economic or job security and rely on customers for tips. Tipping, a practice legally legitimized and reinforced with lower minimum wages for alcohol servers, means workers endure sexualized and discriminatory behaviour at work in exchange for tips. Moreover, gendered social relations, reflected in managerial hiring practices and restaurant dress codes, lead women workers to associate femininity and a sexualized presentation of their self with their employment. Sexual harassment law is implicated in the problem as well. Sexual harassment law in BC (re)produces the gendered social relations of work through an individualized human rights framework and a jurisprudential notion of “unwelcomness” that both place the burden for addressing discrimination on the shoulders of workers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.subject sexual harassment en_US
dc.subject precarious work en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject restaurants en_US
dc.subject institutional ethnography en_US
dc.title Law, sexual harassment, and restaurants: exploring the experiences of women working in the British Columbia restaurant sector en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Fudge, Judy
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Matulewicz, K. (2016) “Law’s Gendered Subtext: The Gender Order of Restaurant Work and Making Sexual Harassment Normal,” Feminist Legal Studies, 24, 127-145 en_US
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Matulewicz, K. (2015) “Law and the Construction of Institutionalized Sexual Harassment in Restaurants,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 30(3), pp. 401-419. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2019-05-06 en

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