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Is It Ever Acceptable For Your Workplace To Require You To Wear High Heels?

Posted on 29 May 2016

Julia Roberts at Cannes chose to walk down the red carpet barefoot.

Whether you're on a night on the town, a formal event or added style for work, women have often turned to a pair of heels to complete the look. Recently, heels have come into the news as more and more women feel compelled to wear them either due to a strict dress code at work or red carpet events, or feel they have to due to a 'corporate look or image'. 

Recently, Julia Roberts walked barefoot on the red carpet at Cannes for the premier of Money Monster as a sign of protest against the "Heelgate" controversy. Last year, women attending the red carpet event were not allowed to attend in flats... It was her way of taking a stand against the unequal dress code.. Julia Roberts was not alone in her stand against "Heelgate"...Actress, Sasha Lane followed suit.

The headline hit the national news when a receptionist, Nicola Thorp from global accountancy firm PwC was sent home from her job for showing up in smart flats instead of the corporate policy of heels between two & four inches. As a result, Nicola has started an on-line petition to make it illegal for companies to put such restrictions on women, saying the current work dress codes are sexist and outdated.

Is it ever acceptable for your workplace to require you to wear high heels? Join the debate at #myheelsmychoice and #FawcettFlatsFriday have been trending as women and men have been voicing their opinions on these rules.

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