Employers, spike those "high heels" dress code requirements!

British Columbia has recently amended its health and safety law to prohibit employers from requiring employees to wear high heels to work.

No High Heels.flickrCC.TineSteiss
Spike 'em!

Maybe this isn't too big a deal in an office environment, but there are some less-sedentary workplaces in which employees are on their feet all day long. It is not fair to require female employees to be running around in five-inch stilettos!

Seriously, workplaces that actually mandate high heels have got to be very rare. I know heels are not allowed in manufacturing environments. At the restaurants I frequent, the female wait staff normally wear flat shoes of one type or another. I suspect the issue may be confined to workplaces like casinos or Playboy Clubs. (I've never been to Hooters, but I think even their "girls" wear sneakers, don't they?)

In any event, three cheers for B.C.! Stamp out mandatory high heels!

DISCLAIMER: Notwithstanding the picture, I don't advocate banning high heels at work unless there is a genuine safety issue. To each her own. I just don't think they should be required because they are not physiologic.

Image Credit: From flickr, Creative Commons license, by Tine Steiss.

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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