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Woman fired for defying dress code
MS patient with walking aid can't wear dresses
Amber Shortt, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Thursday, July 20, 2006
EDMONTON - A longtime employee of Weight Watchers has filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission after she was fired for not complying with the company dress code that requires her to wear a skirt and pantyhose.
Wendy Moger, who has multiple sclerosis, started wearing pantsuits about a month ago after having an electronic walking aid fitted to her leg.
After nine years as a meeting leader with the company, the 50-year-old's employment was terminated on June 30 because she was not able to adhere to the dress code.
She said the WalkAide device, which is strapped below her knee and sends shock waves to her foot telling it when to flex, has greatly improved her mobility.
"These electrodes have to touch my skin," she said. "I can't put pantyhose under them. I can't put pantyhose over them."
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