Foxwoods Cocktail Waitresses Fight Shoe Rules

Monday, Jun 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:20 PM EDT
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Cocktail waitresses at Foxwoods are in a battle over shoes they are required to wear to work.

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Union contract negotiations at the country's largest casino are hitting a snag over shoes cocktail waitresses are required to wear.

Some of the waitresses at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut said they see proposed new requirements as a bid to push them out and make way for younger workers.

"It's just barbaric, I believe to make women wear high heels," said Sandra Hebert, a former Foxwoods employee.  "They're uncomforatable.  It's very painful."

Hebert worked as a beverage server for 19 years.  She said she was fired after suffering numerous problems with her feet.

"I've had multiple cortisone shots.  I have had three bunion surgeries," Hebert said. 

She was fired on March 5, while out on disability, according to Hebert.

The casino yielded on a recently imposed requirement for 2-inch heels, the waitresses said, but the casino is insisting that servers wear polish-able black shoes, subject to approval by management.

A Foxwoods spokeswoman, Dale Wolbrink, said she would not comment on labor negotiations that she said should be considered private.

It is among a few key issues set for arbitration between the casino and Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents about 365 Foxwoods workers including 200 beverage servers.    

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