Women in Ontario would be protected from being required to wear high heels at work under a bill being introduced Tuesday.
The private member’s bill from Liberal MPP Cristina Martins would amend the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act to prohibit employers from mandating workers to wear unsafe footwear as part of dress and uniform codes.
It’s an issue that is a particular problem in restaurants and bars, Martins said.
“We’ve had some women coming forward and saying that as a result of them not wearing the mandatory high heels that they’ve missed shifts, they’ve been asked to stay home and in some cases lost their jobs — mostly in the food industry and the hospitality industry. That’s where we see most of the complaints coming from,” she said Tuesday.
“Note that these dress codes are and always have been gendered and only women are expected to risk their personal safety to meet these unfair …