Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Feminine Differential - Comfort vs Beauty

Story and photo from the Palm Beach Post 5/12

EDMONTON, Alberta — A restaurant employee in Canada is getting support after a Facebook post went viral that illustrated gender inequality in restaurants.  Warning - the photo is disturbing.  
The now-former Joey Restaurants' employee took a photo of her bloodied feet after she worked a shift where she said she was forced to wear high heels.

The woman, who is not being identified, said that her manager said that she had to wear heels, between one and three inches high, to be compliant with the company's dress code, CBC News reported.

This was her Facebook post:

To anyone I know who eats at Joey Restaurants (Jasper Ave, Edmonton location specifically). Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted, my friends feet were bleeding to the point she lost a toe nail and she was still discouraged and berated by the shift manager for changing into flats (specifically told that heels would be required on her next shift the following day).

In addition, the female staff have to purchase a uniform/dress at the cost of 30$ while male staff can dress themselves in black clothing from their own closets (and are not required to wear heels).

Sexist, archaic requirements and totally disgusting policy.
I have many friends in the service industry and know loads of ladies who still earn great tips without having to sacrifice their comfort while serving. I'll choose to continue supporting those establishments.

My Note: How would you feel about being required to wear 3" heels, walking and standing on your feet for an 8 hour shift?  The fantasy would soon fade.   After working at an event all evening in heels a few years back I had feet that were hurting and that was only three hours.   The after cleanup work was done in with no shoes.   I remember going home that night and treating my feet to an ice pack.  The next day at work,  flats. 

High heel pain - We have all had it.
What has been your experience?

1 comment:

  1. There is nothing sweet about bloody feet. Employers are required to provide reasonable working conditions. We all know that there are different comfort levels in all of our shoes. If the requirement were for 1" heels, as noted in the article, could a comfortable pair of shoes have been located. Some people have feet that hurt regardless of their footwear.