Employers, spike those “high heels” dress code requirements!

By: Robin Shea

April 14, 2017

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

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.