"The Associated Labor Unions (ALU)—which reportedly have 400,000 members nationwide—are asking the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to stop employers from requiring their female employees to wear high heels to work," reports Patty Pasion on Rappler.
The report noted: "ALU's proposed regulation covers sales ladies, promo girls in supermarkets, waitresses, hotel receptionists, and flight attendants."
ALU executive vice president Gerard Seno explained, "We received many persistent complaints from sales ladies working in department stores and malls that they are in pain [because of] walking and standing for long hours, [and] performing their jobs in high-heeled shoes."
Seno added, "Apart from the pain, working women also complain of injury after slipping, falling, and tripping with high-heeled shoes on. This must be stopped. Women workers should not be compelled to put on high-heeled shoes against their will. They should not be exposed to any harm and danger at all times."
Technically, companies can impose their dress code on their workers. However, they must also be aware that various studies have already shown that prolonged wearing of high heels causes health issues.