EDMONTON – Alberta has taken steps to ban employers from asking people to wear high heels at work.
Labor Minister Christina Gray says the province is changing its occupational safety code, which currently allows employers to be required for high heels.
"Our government has the back of every worker, and today we are looking for our feet," Gray said Friday.
Ontario and British Columbia banned compulsory high heels in 2017 and Manitoba did the same this year. Alberta's changes should take effect on January 1.
Gray said she heard from servers who said high heels cause pain and put them at risk of falling and falling.
Lisa Caputo, co-owner of Cibo Bistro in Edmonton, said her previous experiences in the restaurant include both heels of two inches.
"Working almost half of my industry career at work that required unsafe and unpleasant footwear, I left my legs in the shape of diamonds from the shoes I took from eight to ten hours," she said.
She did not have to wear heels for eight years, but still feels pain in her legs, she said.
"Working in an environment where it looks like clothes and you mess up on the service and the food, you lose your value as a woman," Capoto said. "You're quite an object, and that's what we felt."
Gray said that no one should be forced to wear any kind of footwear that could cause health or safety problems. She said the amendment would ban all employers in each sector to require workers to use footwear that could pose a risk.
"Women still have the choice to wear high heels, but they can not be forced to, especially in unsafe working environments," she said.