Joey’s Faces Backlash


EDMONTON — An Edmonton-based Joey’s restaurant is facing criticism after allegedly forcing its female employees to wear high heels.

“My friend’s 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 (and specifically told heels would be required on her next shift the following day),” writes Nicola Gavins on Facebook. The post was accompanied by a photo of her friend’s bloodied feet after working a shift at the restaurant.

A copy of Joey’s training manual, which stated women must wear heels a minimum of one inch in height, was made available to CBC News. Although, in an interview with CBC News, Sasha Perrin, communications manager at Joey’s says there is no minimum height for shoes, and servers should wear black dress shoes that are comfortable. It is unclear if the policy was changed after the post was shared publicly.


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