What’s been doing the rounds on social media is a picture of a woman’s bleeding feet. The picture was posted by Nicola Gavins, a resident of Edmonton, Canada, who claims that feet of her friend started bleeding after working a full shift at a Canadian restaurant called Joey.
In her Facebook post, she says that her friend was “berated” by the manager for changing into flats despite bleeding feet. She criticises the restaurant’s policy for women who are expected to wear heels and even buy a uniform worth $30 while men can wear black from their own wardrobe.
Read her post here:
To anyone I know who eats at Joey Restaurants (Jasper Ave, Edmonton location specifically).
Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted, my friends feet were bleeding to the point she lost a toe nail and she was still discouraged and berated by the shift manager for changing into flats (specifically told that heels would be required on her next shift the following day).
In addition, the female staff have to purchase a uniform/dress at the cost of 30$ while male staff can dress themselves in black clothing from their own closets (and are not required to wear heels).
Sexist, archaic requirements and totally disgusting policy.
I have many friends in the service industry and know loads of ladies who still earn great tips without having to sacrifice their comfort while serving. I’ll choose to continue supporting those establishments.
Her post has gone viral with over 11K shares and has attracted over 4K reactions.
She later updated her post to point out that the restaurant does not pay for training shifts and it’s illegal under Alberta Labour Laws.