KUIV-TV reports that a high school student in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Capital of the United States, wasn’t allowed to volunteer at a local charity because of the dress code; she violated it by wearing a pantsuit.
And just think: libertarians want these guys running charities.
Ellie Kaiser, the young woman who was asked to switch into a skirt before working at the Festival of Trees on Sunday, told the network that, “I had worn this because I thought it would best represent my professional attitude, my love for service, and I was turned away.” Instead of changing, she left. She noted that it was “extremely sexist” and was “a way of enforcing really strict stereotypes on genders and these really aren’t reasonable rules.”
The event, which is organized by a 90-woman committee, is chaired by Marie Partridge. Partridge told the SLC Tribune that female volunteers are required to wear skirts or dresses, while men are required to wear dress shirts, ties, and slacks. The event is a fundraiser for a local area hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital.
Partridge said that “Once someone sees someone wearing pants, then everyone thinks that would be accepted. We just don’t go there. We still are very strict in the way we want Primary Children’s Hospital represented.”
She added that the dress code ensures volunteers stand apart from the regular attendees, and it’s been in place since the festival began 44 years ago. Volunteers also wear lanyards identifying themselves as event staff, as well.
The Tribune notes that Partridge’s group was originally known as the Women’s Endowment Committee, and was part of the Mormon Church. The hospital was also founded by the church, and remained under church control until a private company took it over in 1975.
You can watch the KUTV-TV report below: