What you need to know about Leavenworth’s latest controversy
Leavenwill has become the latest property developer to be accused of sexism after an employee complained she was not allowed to wear a dress on a conference call about the redevelopment of the former Sydney Opera House site.
The ABC’s Jacqueline Williams has spoken to the woman, who told the ABC the experience was “very uncomfortable” and “didn’t feel like it was appropriate for me to wear what I was wearing”.
She said she was given a dress, which she thought was appropriate, and told she would have to wear the dress at other times.
“I’m not really a fan of wearing dresses, especially when you’re working in the office.
So I felt uncomfortable, not feeling comfortable in my work attire, but not being able to wear anything at all,” she said.
Ms Williams has been at the Leavenwicks hotel for 15 years.
The former Sydney opera house site has been transformed into a retail and entertainment hub.
Leavenworth has also been criticised for its lack of women-friendly workplace policies, including a culture of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
The hotel, which opened in 2015, has been embroiled in controversy for its failure to have any female employees, including one who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a staff member at a meeting in 2016.
The building is currently owned by the company’s partner, the Victorian-based developer Arup, which owns the old Opera House and a new hotel and hotel tower.
Ms Wiltshire, who worked for Leavenwin, told the news program it was not the first time she had felt uncomfortable working in a hotel.
“I was at a party and my partner was having a drink, and I asked him if he had ever had an unwanted sexual encounter with someone in the hotel,” she told the program.
Not in a good way’Leavenwick is not the only hotel in Melbourne to be rocked by controversy over its lacklustre gender balance. “
And he said he’d been there for years.”‘
Not in a good way’Leavenwick is not the only hotel in Melbourne to be rocked by controversy over its lacklustre gender balance.
A number of other hotels have been accused of sexual discrimination and harassment and have been criticised by local businesses, including the popular boutique The Leavines.
The Australian Capital Territory has also reported two hotels, The Leavers and The Belles, to the Human Rights Commission, after allegations of harassment and sexual harassment.