British Columbia: Workplaces Can No Longer Demand Women Employees Wear High Heels

CANADA – The B.C. government has forbid employers from requiring that women to wear high heels.

According to a release put out by BC Premier Christy Clark and Labor Minister Shirley Bond, mandatory high-heel dress codes are “a workplace health and safety issue”. Among the reasons cited for the amendment were risk of slipping or falling, and potential damage to the feet, legs and back.

In March, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver introduced a bill asking for amendments to the Workers Compensation Act to make it illegal for workplaces to demand different footwear for women than for men.