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'Kiss My Foot' Campaign: Nevada Cocktail Waitresses Push Casino Owners to Stop Requiring High Heels

Aired May 16, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Nevada cocktail waitresses are bringing up a "spiky" issue with their bosses.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: They want casino owners to stop requiring them to wear high-heeled shoes.

Greg Carson with CNN Reno affiliate KRNV has more on their "Kiss My Foot" campaign.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GREG CARSON, KRNV REPORTER (voice-over): They've been standard issue for casino waitresses for years, but the women who wear them say it's high time for high heels to go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No more high heels, please.

KRICKET MARTINEZ, ALLIANCE FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS: The casinos have this "sex sells" idealism where they think that the two-inch heels are sexier.

CARSON: Cricket Martinez of the Alliance for Workers' Rights is a leader of the "Kiss My Foot" campaign, an organized effort to get Nevada casinos to drop mandatory two-inch heel policies.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They hurt.

CARSON: High-heel opponents say a five-month survey of Nevada casino waitresses and medical professionals shows many women suffer painful, sometimes permanent injuries to their feet, legs and back because they must wear two-inch heels.

MARTINEZ: All the casinos have the policy. They deny it, but they all have it, because our survey -- we went to every casino in Reno, and the cocktail waitresses are all saying that they have the two-inch heel requirement, and the casinos are saying they don't. So, obviously we have a slight communication problem.

CARSON: Fitzgeralds in downtown Reno is one of the only Nevada casinos that has officially dropped its heel policy, reasoning a more comfortable employee is a more productive one.

STEVE TROUNDAY, FITZGERALDS: Comfort is a big issue for us. We feel that they're out on the floor walking around all day long and it's important that they're comfortable so that they can, you know, enjoy their work and give good service.

CARSON: Eighteen groups are supporting the "Kiss My Foot" campaign. Organizers say if the casinos don't voluntarily drop their high-heel policies, they'll take their case to the federal government, starting with OSHA.

Greg Carson, News 4.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: High heels on the Supreme Court -- I like it.

WATERS: All right.

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