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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileA former employee says that during a Joey Restaurants’ training session she was required to wear high heels as part of the dress code, leaving her feet bloodied, but the company is calling it a misunderstanding and says its code allows the wearing of wedges, flats or heels.The 21 year old Edmonton woman,
whom CBC News has agreed not to name, took a photo of her bloodied feet from wearing high heels during a training session in late April.Her friend, Nicola Gavins, posted it on Facebook and it has garnered a lot of criticism of the Vancouver based company.The woman says she was told by her manager that she had to wear heels,
a minimum of a one inch heel and a maximum of a three inch heel. She also got a training manual from Joey that said the same.Dress code in questionThis account is just the latest in a string of allegations about dress codes at some restaurants that may violate women’s human rights, according to some experts.CBC Marketplace investigated the dress codes at some of Canada’s top restaurant chains and heard from dozens of female staff who say they felt pressured to wear revealing outfits or risk losing shifts.Earls, which is owned by the same company as Joey, recently amended its policy to allow female servers to wear pants instead of skirts.’So tight that you can see your underwear’: Women speak out against restaurant dress codesRestaurant dress codes open to human rights complaintsEarls restaurants change dress code in wake of CBC report on sexism concernAt Joey,
the former employee says that when her feet hurt on her first day of training, she spoke to her manager. But she says she was told to invest in a better pair of heels, so she bought a new pair.But close to the end of her second training shift, she could no longer stand.”My feet were bleeding and swollen. I lost a couple of toe nails. I was just in tears,
” she told CBC News.The Edmonton woman finished the rest of her shift in flats, but says she was told she had to wear heels the next day.She says her manager told her only a doctor’s note stating she had a medical condition would waive the heels only policy.