A receptionist who was sent home on the first day of work in London for refusing to wear heels has started an online petition to make it illegal for companies to require women to wear high heels in the office.
Nicola Thorp claims that after walking into her first day last December at PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) London office wearing flats, she was told to go buy 2-to-4-inch heels. When she refused, she said, she was sent home without pay.
Thorp told the BBC that when she was asked to wear heels, she refused by saying that men do not have to wear heels to work and the policy was discriminatory.
"I said 'if you can give me a reason as to why wearing flats would impair me to do my job today, then fair enough,' but they couldn't," Thorp told BBC Radio London.
"I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said I just won't be able to do that in heels."