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They Forced Her To Wear Heels. One Gruesome Photo Shows How Damaging It Can Be.
If you’ve ever worked as a server at a restaurant, you know all too well how demanding and thankless the job can be.
Rude customers, low wages, people who refuse to leave reasonable tips, and being on your feet all day are all things servers deal with on a regular basis, but could you imagine having to wear shoes that literally make your feet bleed on top of everything else? One waitress from Alberta, Canada, can. That’s exactly what happened when her employer forced her to wear heels throughout her entire shift last year.
After seeing her friend’s damaged feet, Nicola Gavin decided to share a photo of them to call out the footwear policy management enforced at the JOEY restaurant that employed her friend.
“Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted,” Gavin said. “My friend’s 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).” She also said female employees were required to buy uniforms, while male employees could wear black clothing they already owned.
However, the restaurant denied her claims about the dress code policy and said the incident was due to “a lack of communication and understanding around our guidelines.”