BALTIMORE — In an effort to get rid of the dress code that's present at the Atlas Restaurant Group's many establishments, Baltimore City Council passed a resolution on Monday.
This new measure will only work to end the dress code at the 15 Atlas Restaurants in Baltimore City.
In June, a video went viral showing a black mother and her son being denied service at Ouzo Bay because he was dressed in athletic clothes, while a white child was simultaneously being served in the restaurant, while wearing similar clothing.
Owners of the Atlas Restaurant Group have since released a statement saying that the incident was not racially motivated and that the two boys were actually not wearing similar clothing.
District 14 Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced the resolution which is called "Drop the Dress Code" and its purpose is to call on the Atlas Restaurant Group to set an example and be a leader in racial sensitivity and social justice by eliminated its dress code entirely. The resolution calls the dress code non-inclusive, divisive and out of step with the values of the city.
"It leaves an establishment and it's workers too open for interpretation and implied intended or not for discrimination," said Councilwoman Clarke.
The restaurant which inspired the resolution does not sit in the same district as Councilwoman Clarke. Her district is in North Baltimore, while Ouzo bay sits in Harbor East, which is in district one.