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N.J Woman Says She Was Fired For Being Too Busty

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I saw this story on WZZM13′s Take Five and Company.  Wish they would have saved this story for my Wednesday morning segment.

Here we go again!  A New Jersey woman says she was fired from her job after her manager told her to “tape her breasts” down.  She has now filed suit against the company claiming religious and sexual discrimination.  She says she was fired for being too busty!

But before she was fired she was told to put on a big red bathrobe and sit at her desk.  Now here’s the kick of the whole story, SHE’S WORKING AT A WHOLESALE LINGERIE COMPANY!

Apparently after two days on the job a supervisor told her the company was not happy with her outfits.  Initially when she was hired in she asked about the dress code.  They told her to “look around and see what everybody else was wearing and dress accordingly.”  She noticed dress codes ranged from very casual athletic wear to business attire.”

Odes said the company owners are Orthodox Jews who were offended by her attire.

At a news conference announcing the lawsuit, she said that at first she compromised, by wearing a  gray T-shirt, black jeggings/leggings and rain boots.  Hmmm, sounds like my attire here at the station;)

But it wasn’t enough.  Her supervisor suggested that she “tape your breasts down.”  She asked, “‘Are you kidding me?’”   Her female supervisor went on to say, “Just cover up a little more.”  Now my best guess is that it was not the dress code that precipitated this lawsuit, but the outrageous comment,   “tape your breasts down” that sent her over the top.  That and the robe.  Yup a bathrobe.  The female supervisor walked over to a closet, pulled out a bright red bathrobe decorated with pictures of guitars, and told Lauren Odes to put it on.

“She did what she was told and said she felt completely humiliated.”  Her supervisor then gave her the option of to go out and buy a sweater that “went to her ankles” instead of wearing the bathrobe.  She was then ridiculed and made fun of by co-workers.  She went on to say that she sat in a bathroom for a while crying.  Flash forward, while she was out shopping for the sweater, the 29-year-old got a phone call saying she’d been terminated.

Guess who her attorney is?  None other than Gloria Allred.  She has filed a suit against Native Intimates with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The defendant, Lauren Odes, who said she too is Jewish, said no employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on employees.  She says she doesn’t feel an employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on her when she’s working in a business that’s not a synagogue, but sells things with hearts on the female genitals and boy shorts for women that say hot in the buttocks area.

Question #1- Did they not know what she looked like when they hired her?

Question #2- What is a big, red, bathrobe conveniently doing in a workplace anyway?

This is one lawsuit that this employer is going to lose.  Native Intimates may soon become Lauren Odes Intimates…

 

 

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