High heel dress code scrapped in Canadian province of British Columbia
Roving Correspondent, Toronto, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-04-09 21:46:18.0 BdST Updated: 2017-04-09 21:46:18.0 BdST
The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has scrapped the dress code which requires female employees to wear high heels.
The provincial government says the requirement is ‘discriminatory’ as well as being a health and safety issue because they are dangerous.
It says that “high heel wearers face a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back.”
Footwear should be designed to allow workers to operate safely, it says.
BC is one of the 10 Canadian provinces located along the Pacific coastline. The province has around 4.6 million population with a large number of Asian expatriates.
High heels and whether women should be required to wear them in the workplace has become a fashion flashpoint in recent years.
BC Premier Christy Clark said that women were unfairly required to wear high heels in some provincial workplaces.
"Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong. That is why we're changing this regulation to stop this unsafe and discriminatory practice," she said.
The decision of the ban comes after a provincial Green Party politician in March introduced a bill in the BC legislature aimed at preventing employers from setting gender-based footwear requirements.
BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver filed a private member's bill "designed to prevent employers from setting varying footwear and other requirements based on gender, gender expression or gender identity".
His bill covered all workplaces, including retail and corporate offices. But instead of implementing it, the provincial government opted instead to amend footwear rules under the Workers' Compensation Act, according to media reports.
The new regulation states that workplace footwear must be of "design, construction and material that allows the worker to perform their work safely and ensures that employers cannot require footwear contrary to this standard".
The new guidelines, drafted by WorkSafeBC, are expected to be available by the end of April.
Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.
- Bullies and their victims more likely to want plastic surgery: Research
- California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis
- Prince Harry sought counselling more than a decade after mother's death
- As millions watch via webcam, giraffe gives birth in NY zoo
- No yolk! Bosnian villagers shoe eggs to keep age-old craft alive
- Trumpet voluntary - Elephants 'excited' by banana-toting Queen Elizabeth
- High heel dress code scrapped in Canadian province of British Columbia
- Egypt unearths part of ancient King Khufu's boat
- London exhibition elevates selfies as an art form
- 'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs
- Suspicion over claim against Dhaka University teacher over use of 'indecent' photos
- Bangla film star Shakib Khan boycotted indefinitely
- Bangladesh prodded to 'reposition’ itself to improve business climate
- New VAT law: Heated exchange between Muhith, FBCCI
- Sehri and iftar timings for the coming Ramadan
- Mashrafe flying back to Bangladesh from England as wife falls sick
- Steps will be taken if neglect found in haor dam construction: PM
- Bangladesh is now free of formalin in food, says commerce minister
- Bangladesh actor Shakib Khan apologises to film fraternity after boycott
- BGB recovers more than 1.2 million Yaba tablets in Teknaf