Lawsuit Alleges Wearing High Heels Led to Injury

A former executive assistant at a Detroit law group recently filed a lawsuit alleging, due to a Mad Men like atmosphere, she was required to wear high heels which caused her to trip and injure her back.
According to, the woman sued after the firm didn't offer her a job following medical leave. (WCxKit)
Denise Fitzhenry claims that in February 2007 she injured her back while working at the law offices of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn when her high heel got caught in carpet. The lawsuit reports she was discriminated against following her injury.
Fitzhenry underwent back surgery and was out of work under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
When she returned to work, she requested accommodations because she was still in pain. The requested accommodations included working part time, regular work breaks and a ban on heavy lifting.
According to Fitzhenry, she was forced to take a second leave of absence because of continuing pain, but when she tried to return to work, she was informed there were no open positions for her.
She also alleges that the law firm discriminated against her due to the fact she filed a workers compensation claim.
Fitzhenrys attorney, Deborah Gordon, informed that the atmosphere at Honigman was similar to an episode of Mad Men than a modern workplace. Fitzhenry claims she was required to wear high heels on the job. (WCxKit)
According to the law firm, the allegations in the suit are without merit and that Honigman has complied with all applicable laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As for the Mad Men accusations, the company called them preposterous


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