New Jersey resident Lauren Odes was fired from her temporary job at a New York lingerie warehouse because her employers said she was too ‘busty’ for the workplace. Odes, 29, has hired Gloria Allred to battle her former employer in court.
In fact, she said her Orthodox Jewish employers at Native Intimates told her that outfit, and others like it were “too hot” for the warehouse.
“We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body,” she said.
Odes’s attorney, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said she filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York.
Odes said she felt her wardrobe was appropriate for a business that sells “thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area and boy shorts for women that say ‘hot’ in the buttocks area.”
Media photographers climbed on chairs and crashed into each other as Odes held a pose and Allred held up a series of purple, black and brown outfits she said also led to the woman’s dismissal.
She said that on successive days during her week-long employment in late April, she was warned that her attire was too alluring, that her breasts should be taped down to make them look smaller, and that she was asked to wear a red bathrobe to cover one outfit.
Odes, whose said her duties included data entry and coordinating the shipping of samples to customers, said she eventually agreed to purchase a sweater to wear over her dress, but was dismissed anyway.