Wearing a form-fitting sequined black dress and black leather, sequin-studded boots, Lauren Odes, 29, 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," Odes said.
Lauren Odes, 29, did data entry at the Native Intimates warehouse for a week in late April. She says that she asked what the dress code was, and was told just to check out what everyone else was wearing. "So I did," Odes (pictured at left) said at a press conference on Monday. "The dress was very casual athletic wear to business attire."
Odes's attorney, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said she filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with theU.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York.
But within two days, Odes says her supervisors began cautioning her that her outfits were too provocative, her lips and hair "too fresh," and her breasts too big. She was allegedly advised to tape down her chest, and on one occasion was given a "humiliating" bathrobe to wear over her clothes.
Finally she was reportedly told, "You are just too hot for this office.
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.
Now celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who has battled O.J. Simpson, Arnold Schwarzeneger and Tiger Woods, has taken up her cause. "We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body," Odes was quoted by Reuters as saying.
She's filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York.
"I understand that there are Orthodox Jewish men who may have their views about how women should dress," Odes said, "... but I do not feel that any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me."
You might expect a lingerie warehouse to have a pretty lax dress code for its employees. But a New Jersey woman claims that she was fired for her "too hot" outfits. Her Orthodox Jewish employers didn't appreciate her busty physique and form-fitting clothing, even thought they sold, in her words, "thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area and boy shorts for women that say 'hot' in the buttocks area."
A New Jersey woman said on Monday that she was dismissed from a temporary job at a New York lingerie warehouse because her male employers felt she was too busty and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.