Here we go again — for the second time in two years, a female employee is suing her former company claiming she was fired for being “too hot” for the workplace.
When Lauren Odes, 29, started work as a data entry professional, she asked what the dress code was. She claims she was told to just look around and dress like everyone else.
But when Odes came in wearing outfits like a T-shirt and jeggings, she said management had the equivalent of a conniption fit. Throughout her first week on the job, Odes said her employer responded to her wardrobe choices by:
- telling her that her figure was “distracting”
- suggesting that she tape her breasts down to make them look smaller, and
- forcing her to wear a bathrobe.
At the end of her first week, Odes was fired. She claims she was told, “You are just too hot for this office.”
Why a religious bias claim?
Like other alleged gender bias victims, Odes has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred. Allred has filed a gender and religious bias suit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Odes’ behalf.
Where does the religious charge stem from? Since her former company is owned by an Orthodox Jewish family, Odes alleges company officials were trying to impose their religious beliefs on her via the dress code.
A note of irony: Odes’ former employer is Native Intimates, a wholesale lingerie company that sells, in Odes’ words, “thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area,” among other things.
Not the first time
If this all sounds familiar, it should — two years ago, Deboarah Lorenzana filed suit against Citigroup after she said she was also fired for being “too hot.”
Lorenzana recently revealed that she had to fight Citigroup in arbitration on her own after Allred and her team of attorneys withdrew from the lawsuit.