No, those aren’t red flats she’s wearing.
That’s a waitress’ bloody feet following a shift in which she said her employer required her to wear high heels.
Her friend, Nicola Gavins, posted the picture to Facebook in hopes it would bring awareness of fair labor practices. The disturbing image was apparently taken after a restaurant training session.
Gavins says her friend works at Joey Restaurants in Edmonton, Alberta.
“Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted,” Gavins wrote.
She said her 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.”
The 21-year-old woman told the CBC that she was instructed to wear heels with a minimum 1-inch heel and maximum 3-inch heel.
When her feet hurt after her first day of training, she complained to her manager, who told her to a buy a nice pair of shoes.
In the photo, she wears a Karl Lagerfeld pair. She ended up quitting the job.
A spokeswoman for the restaurant company told the CBC there was a misunderstanding and the employee was not required to wear heels. Guidelines only require male and female staff to wear black dress shoes with a non-slip, thick sole, the company told the station.
The company has come under fire for the image, the CBC reported.
The image was picked up by the Daily Mail early Wednesday. By late afternoon, it had been shared more than 11,000 times.
On Wednesday, Gavins wrote: “This is pretty overwhelming, thanks to all the awesome people that have shared my post. Hopefully we see some positive changes and fair labour practices for people in the service industry.”