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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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"Woman fired for not wearing high heels to work"

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This woman was fired for not wearing high heels.
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I was fired from a venture capital company for not wearing designer clothing!


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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 09:50 PM
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Re: "Woman fired for not wearing high heels to work"

Guess I don't see the big deal. My entire adult life I have had to wear uniforms and adhere to specific grooming standards. In short, my boss dictated my appearance as a condition of my employment. At least the young lady could quit. If she were in the military she could comply or potentially go to the brig. If she were on a construction site it would be hard hat, reflective vest, and steel toed boots. If she were in a hospital, rubber gloves, eye protection, gown, etc. Afghanistan, about 80 lbs worth of armored vest, hydration system, ammo, grenades, Kevlar helmet, eye protection, gloves, boots, etc, etc, etc. If you play for the Mavericks you wear what your boss tells you to wear. Don't like the terms of your employment, don't take the job.
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There are two issues here.

1) Dress codes that differ for men an women.

2) Heels can cause a lot of foot problems. To require someone who wear shoes that can deform their feet, cause back and leg problems, etc, seems just wrong.

Unless there is a defendable business case for a woman to be required to wear heels while men in the same job are not required to wear heels... then IMO, the business is wrong.
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This all depends. Firstly the video is from the UK so not sure how the law applies to them vs the US

Second in the US many companies and states your are an at-will employee which means you be let go for any reason.

Having appearance standards as a condition of employment is not a woman's rights issue if that's what she signed up for.

Be interesting to know the whole story from both sides and not just the woman in the video.
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This all depends. Firstly the video is from the UK so not sure how the law applies to them vs the US

Second in the US many companies and states your are an at-will employee which means you be let go for any reason.

Having appearance standards as a condition of employment is not a woman's rights issue if that's what she signed up for. She can't really whine she took the job and then complained after. Men have to wear ties....

Be interesting to know the whole story from both sides and not just the woman in the video.

She will lose her case most likely.
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Re: "Woman fired for not wearing high heels to work"

Unless she is a stiletto model, then it's absurd. If it's a white collar, professional job, then high heels should l have no bearing on anything. If she's a stripper, well, flats don't make your legs look as shapley, so I get it.
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It's all Bullsh*t. I was assistant manager of an auto parts store in 1997 and they handed down all sorts of BS rules for the female employees. I told the two women that worked for me to ignore it, unless corporate a**holes were visiting the store. A corporate division manager came to the store, and one of the girls had the top shirt button, the collar button, unbuttoned. And he told me to fire her. I was even shocked at why, a single button.

I refused and said a warning was more reasonable. He called my boss into work, and the spineless bastard fired her. The division manager took us in the back and started cursing at me. After about ten minutes I stood up and told them I had to leave. I came back a couple hours later with my uniforms and quit.

A few years later I got a good job in a truck factory where we all made the same money, male or female, unions don't see sex.
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It's your labor. Sell it to whomever you wish. If you hate a job, can't stand the boss, or don't agree with the rules, don't apply for the job. If you are already there, teach yourself to like it, convincingly pretend to like it, or quit. Being publicly disloyal to your boss while taking his pay is pretty crappy. The young lady should quietly find some shoes that meet the standard but don't kill her feet. Maybe she could ask for an assignment out of the public view where she could wear fuzzy bunny slippers. Slinging snot about your boss on social media is a great way to get fired.
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It was in her contact that she signed, that she must wear a pencil skirt & plain court high heel shoes (between 2 - 4 inches).
Her boss was a female & they actually gave her a skirt, suit jacket & told her next time to wear plain black shoes.
So they gave her a chance.
She refused & quit.









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It was in her contact that she signed, that she must wear a pencil skirt & plain court high heel shoes (between 2 - 4 inches).
Her boss was a female & they actually gave her a skirt, suit jacket & told her next time to wear plain black shoes.
So they gave her a chance.
She refused & quit




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It sounds like its a uniform. A minimum two inch heel is not too high but if you have problems with your feet and knees can be problematic


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If she signed the contract, it is on her....
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@btterflykisses it's come out now that she's an actress, so it's possible she did it for publicity. I'm sure she'd have no qualms with wearing high heels on the red carpet!

I was fired from a VC bank for not wearing designer clothing, it wasn't in my contract I could have brought them to court but I was glad not to work for them anymore!




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@btterflykisses it's come out now that she's an actress, so it's possible she did it for publicity. I'm sure she'd have no qualms with wearing high heels on the red carpet!

I was fired from a VC bank for not wearing designer clothing, it wasn't in my contract I could have brought them to court but I was glad not to work for them anymore!




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You were right to leave. If a workplace is that prescriptive about clothing they should provide it or pay an allowance for it.

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It's nonsense - fight it.

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You were right to leave. If a workplace is that prescriptive about clothing they should provide it or pay an allowance for it.
I'm not willing to wear a chicken suit. That's why I don't work for places that require employees to wear chicken suits.

Whether a company provides required articles of clothing or not is a matter of compensation. If you don't like the offered compensation you can negotiate for something different before taking the job or you can say, "no thanks" and sell your labor to someone else.

If I own the company and I want you to wear chipmunk ears and a pink nose, you will put them on if you want a job. When you own the company you can make the dress code.
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