After strutting into the studio, he proclaimed that his heels were “really comfortable” and that he didn’t know “what you’re all moaning about.”
Morgan revealed his view on heels and other dress codes that are seen as sexist, when interviewing Nicola Thorp, the temporary worker who sparked the debate was sent home without pay after refusing to don a pair of heels during work, on Good Morning Britain.
He said at the time: “If you’re in the presentation game, man or woman, it’s perfectly acceptable to say to staff ‘this is the dress code’.
His co-host Susanna Ried replied: “I’m not sure you can compare the discomfort of wearing a collar and tie with the pain people are expressing about wearing high heels.
“If a man did have an issue with extreme pain he could go to his employer and say: ‘Is there an alternative?’.”
This debate has been repeated rote in workplaces across the country. A parliamentary report released last week even detailed the sexist demands of employers.
However, speaking on Good Morning Britain today, he admitted: “I have to actually be honest, away from all the bravado, they’re [heels] one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to wear on my feet.
“And it was very uncomfortable and the idea of marching around in those all day… you’ve got a point ladies.”
Reid reinforced Morgan’s point to the audience: “Literally the quote was: ‘My campaign is over’.”
“Well my campaign was only to preserve an employers’ right to ask the question but having worn them,” Morgan replied. “I think maybe I was a little hasty.”
He went on to say later in the show: “I haven't told anyone they have to wear them. Just wonder if there are certain jobs where it's not unreasonable for an employer to ask? In a high-end shoe shop, for instance, is it unreasonable for the boss to request female staff wear the heels you sell?"
Last year female employees at Stylist Magazine turned the tables and asked their male members of staff to wear heels to work. They posted the video – which can be seen below - on their Facebook page with the caption: “It's still legal to make women wear heels to work in the UK. So, we asked the men in our office to do it too...”
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