Negotiations for a union contract at the country's largest casino are hitting a snag over footwear requirements for cocktail waitresses.
Some of the waitresses at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino say they see proposed new requirements as a bid to push them out and make way for younger workers.
They say the casino yielded on a recently imposed requirement for 2-inch heels, but it is insisting that servers wear polish-able black shoes, subject to approval by management.
A Foxwoods spokeswoman, Dale Wolbrink, said she would not comment on labor negotiations that she said should be considered private.
It is among a few key issues set for arbitration between the casino and Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents about 365 Foxwoods workers including 200 beverage servers