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Woman claims she was fired for being 'too hot'
NEW YORK (WABC) -- In a bizarre and bitter lawsuit, a woman who worked at a business in midtown Manhattan is suing her bosses. She claims she was fired for being "too hot" at work.
"When my supervisor asked me to tape down my breasts, I asked my supervisor, are you kidding?" former employee Lauren Odes said.
The 29-year-old Odes said it wasn't a joke, and she was appalled by the suggestion and what happened at the 5th Avenue headquarters of Native Intimate's, a wholesale lingerie business.
According to Odes' attorney, Gloria Allred, "The treatment was discriminatory, profoundly humiliating and unlawful."
The allegations of gender and religious discrimination were spelled out in the complaint currently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The voluptuous blond was hired April 24 to coordinate shipments of sample to customers and maintained that her supervisors repeatedly complained about her physical appearance and attire, even though she insists there was no dress code, co-workers wore tank tops, and were casually dressed.
She wore a short sleeve purple dress on day two of her job and was allegedly told that the company's Orthodox Jewish Owners felt the piece was drawing too much attention and should not be worn for her "own safety."
The following Monday, she tried a hooded top, but the outfit was still criticized. On the fifth day, she wore a knee-length black dress with a shawl over it hoping to please her bosses, instead they told to wear a red bathrobe, which she took a picture of her wearing it in the ladies room.
"I felt ridiculous and extremely embarrassed, others in the office were laughing and asking why I was wearing it and I told them what I was told," Odes said.
Odes took off the robe and went to buy yet another outfit that she thought would be appropriate, but instead got a phone call saying she was fired, she feels because of the size of her breast and shape of her body.
"I do not feel an employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me when I'm working in a business that's not a synagogue, but sells things with hearts on the female genitals and boy shorts for women that say hot in the buttocks area," she said.
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