Maybe now women have a reason to move to Canada. Because the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada issued a law about the prohibition of wearing high heels in the work environment.
The BC provincial government announced this on Friday. The government considers the demand for the use of high heels when working is not safe. Female employees are at risk of injury and their feet can be hurt from wearing shoes for a long time.
“This change is to convince female employees to keep the most important part of their bodies, namely the feet safe,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Labor in her release as quoted by The Huffington Post.
This rule ensures that every workplace has a design, design and material for footwear that is safe for employees while working, and ensures that employees do not use footwear that are not up to standard.
Officially this new regulation, employees must pay attention to safety factors when choosing footwear that must be worn such as uneven work environments, protection for ankles, foot support and tripping risks.
In addition to protecting employees, this release also mentions that the BC Human Rights Law already has protection against discrimination based on gender, which can include uniform rules based on gender.
The prohibition on the obligation to wear high heels arises because of the circulation of photographs of Canadian women with bloody feet and the story behind them. These photos and stories then become viral.
The woman was allegedly ‘verbally abused’ for replacing her high heels with flat heels or flats while working in a restaurant. Despite the fact, the high-heeled shoes that were required to be worn made the woman’s feet bleed and even one of her toenails fell off.
When confirmed, the restaurant told The Huffington Post that the rules on work uniforms had changed, so flats could become footwear while working.
Meanwhile, in other places, the rules about uniforms are also still under supervision. In May 2016, British women who worked as receptionists were asked to go home because they did not wear high heels. This experience led him to start petitioning with more than 150 thousand signatures and being taken to Parliament.
In the United States, there is a gap between the central and regional levels. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that employees are allowed to set uniforms that are suitable for all employees or employees with certain job categories, with the exception being made for employees of certain religions or employees with disabilities.
The New York City Human Rights Commission, on the other hand announced a new directive in December 2015, which states the use of uniforms based on gender could be a violation of the law.
It’s hard to believe when in 2017 there was still talk about mandatory or not mandatory wearing certain shoes. But the news from BC is the right step.