Canadian province bans employers from forcing workers to wear high heels
It’s a win for feminists (and those of us who NEVER last the night in heels) everywhere.
A Canadian province has made it illegal to force women to wear high heels to work.
The local government in British Columbia has ruled that requiring workers to wear heels is a health and safety issue.
According to the Independent, the government said that such a dress code put wearers at risk of slipping or falling and long-term foot, leg and back pain.
Heel-haters have Andrew Weaver, the Green Party leader in British Columbia, to thank for the new law.
The politician filed a bill seeking to end gender-specific dress codes in March.
Welcoming the new law, Labour minister Shirley Bond said; “I expect employers to recognise this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable.”
Gender-related workplace dress codes have been topical around the world in recent months.
A parliamentary inquiry in the UK earlier this year found that some female workers had been told to dye their hair blonde and to wear revealing clothes.
There is currently no law in Ireland to stop employers requiring workers to wear gender-specific clothing.