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An Australian woman is suing a shoe company after she says her shoes made her look like a woman and cause her “severe pain and discomfort.”
The lawsuit filed Thursday in a federal court in Melbourne said the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Labor Code, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Code of Conduct” for shoes.
“It is well established that footwear is intended to be worn by women, not men, for purposes of gender-specific clothing requirements, and that women are expected to wear the footwear in a way that does not obstruct their ability to perform their essential duties,” the lawsuit said.
“This is particularly true in relation to shoes that are made by companies whose sole purpose is to sell shoes to women.”
The suit says the shoes “are designed to make a woman appear more like a man, in order to enhance the perceived masculinity of the shoes and to ensure the perceived gender stereotypes associated with the shoes are maintained.”
“This effect is achieved by making the shoes smaller, lighter, more comfortable and less uncomfortable to wear,” the suit said.
The suit seeks class-action status and damages, saying the shoes violated several Labor Code and federal consumer safety laws, including the Fair Wage Act.
The company, the suit alleges, “failed to adequately disclose its compliance with federal and state regulations regarding the design, materials and manufacture of footwear and other footwear products and the standards and limitations of footwear.”
The company has not yet responded to the lawsuit.