The operators of a Melbourne bar have been forced to apologise and remove a sexist “peeping Tom” toilet sign after receiving a number of complaints.
The sign, at the Father’s Office bar in the CBD, depicts a man looking over a toilet cubicle at a woman.
It was taken down shortly after a photo of it was shared on social media.
The bar’s management posted a message on twitter:
“We apologise it has caused so much outrage. It was never our intention.”
‘It makes you feel disgusting’
Patron Ursula Baehr told The New Daily that the sign made her feel uncomfortable when she went to the bar for a drink last week.
“I looked up and I was shocked,” she said.
“It makes you feel disgusting to be in that place.”
Ms Baehr said she was told by the manager on duty that the sign would be taken down after complaints.
“Do they even think about the people who have experienced sexual harassment and how that makes them feel,” she told The New Daily.
“I just don’t know how something like that can be up in this day and age. It’s just not funny.”
Sexual harassment a serious issue
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Discrimination Claims, said sexual harassment was a serious issue.
“To make light of what would be considered criminal conduct is not very clever and not every funny,” he said.
“Women and men have a right to feel safe in venues, whether they be bars or nightclubs, without having to worry about someone peeking at them when they are using a toilet.
“While I’m sure the sign was an attempt at humour, many might consider that it encourages or condones that sort of unacceptable behaviour.”
If you have experienced sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation.
Please call Discrimination Claims today on 1300 853 837.
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