Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A fashion industry worker claims she was fired for being "too hot" to work in the office and the firing came after she was told to tape down her breasts and forced to wear a bathrobe to cover her body.
Lauren Odes worked doing data entry in Manhattan's garment district for a lingerie company called Native Intimates.
She claims her supervisors told her that the company's Orthodox Jewish owner wanted her to cover up more so men at the office wouldn't look at her.
"I was appalled when my supervisor told me to tape down my breasts and wear my boyfriend's oversized t-shirts," Odes says.
Attorney Gloria Allred announced Monday that, on behalf of Odes, she is now filing a charge of gender and religious discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Allred says, "She was told by a supervisor, 'You are just too hot for this office'."
On her final day of work, Odes says her female supervisor came up to her and walked her over to a closet.
"(She) suggested that I put on a bright red bathrobe and sit at my desk and wear it all day," Odes says. "I felt completely humiliated."
Odes says she asked to go buy a sweater so she wouldn't have to wear the robe. She says she was fired over the phone as she was trying to purchase the sweater.
Odes, who is Jewish, says she does not feel that any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on her when it is, "selling thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area and boy shorts for woman that say 'hot' in the buttocks area."
"We should not be judged by the size of our breasts," Odes says.
The company would not comment to Fox 5 News about the suit.
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