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London woman's petition against requiring heels to be heard in UK Parliament

A petition concerning the requirement of heels in the workplace will be heard in the UK Parliament. (Source: WOIO) A petition concerning the requirement of heels in the workplace will be heard in the UK Parliament. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A London woman was sent home for not wearing heels to work, and decided to take a stand.

In a story reported by the BBC, Nicola Thorp, 27, started a petition against the requirement on Monday. Before the end of the week, it had reached 100,000 signatures and was headed to the UK Parliament.

Thorp arrived to her first day of work at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London in December wearing black flats, and was promptly informed by a supervisor from outsourcing firm Portico that she'd have to wear two- to four-inch heels or go home. The reasoning? The company's dress code for female employees.

Thorp refused to go spend her own money on heels, and was sent home without pay.

Since the story has reached worldwide media, PwC has pledged innocence, while Portico has since updated its policy to allow flats. But Thorp isn't stopping there.

She wants her petition to affect national law by making it illegal to require women to wear heels to work. And with the 100,000th signature, it will at the very least be heard by Parliament.

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