Much has been written today about a female temp worker being sent home after she refused to wear heels as part of her work uniform. The young woman said she has back problems, and that doing a 9 hour shift on her feet with heels that are 2-4 inches high would be impossible for her. Allegedly she asked if there was a specific reason why she couldn't wear flat shoes while she was doing her job, but she didn't get an answer beyond it’s company’s policy.
The news seem to have provoked polarised opinions. Some support the company’s decision since its guidelines stipulate all workers have to dress smartly and, like it or not, heels are part of a woman's polished look; so she should either wear the heels or understand that it wasn't a job for her and apply somewhere else.
Others think it's unfair and sexist, and that heels can make a woman's job more difficult, whereas their male colleagues don't have to put up with such inconveniences and can wear more comfortable footwear.
Personally, I don’t think flat shoes are good for anyone (that goes for you too guys!), 2 inches heels should actually help support your back, but is this about image, comfort or about female rights?
A couple of days ago, there was a very interesting article in The Telegraph about women's skirt suit and why it's sexist and we should get rid of it. A lot of talk about dress code, and what is expected of women in that realm.
Do you think we are onto something similar here? Should companies stop expecting women to wear heels? What happens when the guys start saying it’s sexist to be asked to wear a tie?
Tell me your opinion in the comments below!