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Point/Counterpoint | Should a woman have been fired for not wearing a bikini to advertise your business on TV?

Reruns make the TV world go ‘round. Am I right?

A recent rerun of CBS’ “Undercover Boss” showed Doug Guller, CEO of Bikinis Bar and Grill, firing a bartender who refused to wear a bikini for the television program. Her defense: wearing a bikini at work is different than wearing one where her grandmother can see her. It sparked a firestorm back then and it was resurrected when the show was aired again recently.

So that prompted us to ask the question: Was the bartender rightfully fired for not wearing the bikini?

Yes, she was

Look, the business and brand is Bikinis Bar and Grill. What part of that does the bartender not understand? You are expected, when at work, to wear a bikini as instructed by the rules you agreed to when hired. Did she know she was going to be on TV when she was hired? Probably not. Did she know this was a stipulation when CBS was knocking at the door? Probably.

If the job, which requires you to wear a bikini — and this time on camera — is not for you, then quit before the show comes to film. What’s next? A willing employee of Hooters being offended for being asked to perk her “hooters” up a little more. Quit being so offended, America!

No she was not

Guller was wrong in firing the young lady. Sure, she said she’d wear a bikini when working there. Sure people gawk at you for being half naked while serving a piping hot plate of wings or an ice cold beer. But to parade someone on television, who is not comfortable, in a bikini and firing her for not abiding by the “new rules,” is simply wrong.

The woman plays your half-naked game, Guller. Isn’t that enough for you?

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