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Thursday 18 January 2018

Woman asked by employer to ‘tape down her breasts’ sues for unfair dismissal

Lauren Odes and her attorney Gloria Allred speak at a news conference in New York. Ms Odes says she was forced to wear a baggy bathrobe, as seen in the picture held up by Gloria Allred. Photo: Reuters
Lauren Odes and her attorney Gloria Allred speak at a news conference in New York. Ms Odes says she was forced to wear a baggy bathrobe, as seen in the picture held up by Gloria Allred. Photo: Reuters

A NEW Jersey woman is suing the lingerie company that fired her because she was ‘too hot’ she claims.

Wearing a form-fitting sequined black dress and black leather, sequin-studded boots, Lauren Odes, 29, told a press conference she had been asked to tape her down her breasts to appear less busty.



She also claimed that her employers at Native Intimates had asked her to wear a red bathrobe at work to cover her figure.



"We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body," she said.



Ms Odes was only employed at the warehouse on a week-long temporary contract but said she had been repeatedly asked to cover up, prompting her to file complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



She eventually agreed to wear a sweater during work, where she handled data entry and shipping, but said she was dismissed anyway.



"This whole experience has been horrifying to me," she said of her brief employment in April. "I love fashion and I always will, but I don't believe any woman should be treated as I was.



"I understand that there are Orthodox Jewish men who may have their views about how a woman should dress... but I do not feel that any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me," she said.



She added that she felt her attire 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."



Ms Odes is being represented by Gloria Allred, a well-known celebrity lawyer who often takes cases guaranteed to grab media headlines.



Photographers climbed on chairs and crashed into each other as Ms Allred held up a series of purple, black and brown outfits she said led to her client's dismissal



Native Intimates did not respond to a request for comment.

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