NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fired for being too hot?
That is precisely what a woman who worked at a Fifth Avenue lingerie company claims happened to her.
Lauren Odes, a curvy 29-year-old, said she was working at Native Intimates in the Garment District when one day her supervisor claimed the male Orthodox Jewish owners weren’t comfortable with her attire.
“I do not feel any employer has the right to impose their religious belief on me when I’m working in a business that is not a synagogue,” Odes told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
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Odes said she was “appalled” when her supervisor suggested she tape down her breasts and wear some looser-fitting clothing, like her boyfriend’s oversized t-shirt.
Odes was placed at the store by a temp agency. She also talked about being confused by the request from a company that sells skimpy lingerie.
“Given their business product, I simply did not understand why I was told that I was quote ‘too hot,’” Odes said.
Odes said the situation escalated to its peak when she was walked over to a closet and told to put on a bright red bathrobe and sit at her desk all day wearing it. She was fired later that day.
“I felt completely humiliated,” she said.
Attorney Gloria Allred is asking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate the case, saying no one should be fired for having female body parts or being too attractive.
“We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body,” Odes said.
Native Intimates would only say it had “no comment” when contacted by 1010 WINS.
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