I'm under a doctor's care, wearing an orthopedic shoe.
My company is making me buy a closed toe orthopedic shoe. I had toe surgery.
I’m a cashier. Can they do that? Are there good resources to find out if this is acceptable in my location?
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If the company is meeting the laws required by your locality, region/state, and nation, then they are well within their requirements and could make a reasonable argument that the closed-toe orthopedic is providing much more safety as it is protecting your foot against further injury while at a register. (Things get dropped all the time, I know, I've worked the register)
More information may be gleaned from your local government agency governing employee safety, but if they are requiring a standard of safety that is HIGHER than what your doctor is recommending, and it serves the purpose the doctor has ordered and does not countermand medical advice, then again, they are completely within their rights.
Disclaimer: Not a lawyer.
I recommend you look at the details of your employment contract. A company can absolutely not allow you to work if you do not have a proper uniform and shoes. In jobs that require manual labor, open toed shoes are dangerous.
For resources in the USA, I would look at the OSHA requirements:
The OSHA occupational foot protection standard at 29 CFR 1910.136(a) requires the use of protective footwear when employees are working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where there is a possibility of the employee's feet being exposed to an electrical hazard.