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    Here’s The Bloody Price Women Pay For Sexist Dress Codes

    "Sexist, archaic requirements."

    An Edmonton woman says her feet were left sore and bloodied after enduring a training shift at a Joey restaurant in heels.

    The grisly image was posted to Facebook by Nicola Gavins, who said the feet belong to a friend of hers. The photo shows a pair of sockettes soaked with blood as well as bloodstains in a pair of black heels.

    "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," wrote Gavins.

    According to Gavins, her friend was told to return in heels the next day.

    She added that female staff at that Joey location had to purchase a uniform, whereas men could choose items from their own closets as long as they fulfilled the dress code.

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    "Sexist, archaic requirements and totally disgusting policy," Gavins wrote.

    "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."

    Joey, however, says none of its employees are forced to wear heels. Britt Innes, vice president of marketing for Joey, told BuzzFeed Canada its dress code did at one time mandate 1-inch heels, but that was changed in March. All employees are now welcome to wear flats.

    The change came after surveying employees. "The major learning from our partners was that they wanted a change in our shoe guidelines," said Innes. "As such, we moved to our current shoe guidelines in March that require both male and female partners to wear a black dress shoe that is non-slip with a thick sole for safety reasons."

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    The only rule concerning height is that heels can't be higher than 2.5 inches if a server chooses to wear them.

    Innes said the company has reached out to the woman in Edmonton and that the restaurant is making sure all locations stick to the revised code.

    "What was clear from this incident was that there were outdated training materials circulating in our stores that caused confusion and miscommunication, and we take full ownership of that," said Innes.

    "We should have ensured all outdated training materials were destroyed."

    Restaurant dress codes have come under heavy scrutiny recently after an investigation by CBC's Marketplace found examples of sexist dress codes at places including Moxie's, Earls, Jack Astor's, and Joey.

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    The report prompted Earl's to update its policies and the Ontario Human Rights Commission put out a call to end "sexualized dress codes that discriminate against female and transgender employees."

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