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Woman Fired from Lingerie Company for Being Too Busty

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When you start working for a new company, there’s always an adjustment period. Sometimes it involves a change of your wardrobe. In the case of Lauren Odes of Manhattan, she was asked to not only change her clothing, but her assets as well.

It started when Odes began working for Native Intimates. She was told that because the owners were Orthodox Jewish, that they wanted their employees to be covered up. The following day, Odes wore something more subdue, yet she was asked again to cover herself up. By the third day, management had a bathrobe at the ready, and when they were once again not happy with her attire, she was asked to don a bathrobe to cover herself up.

In addition, she was told that taping down her breasts so they weren’t so big might be helpful.

The result was a humiliated Odes who was laughed at by her co-workers. She asked management if she could go purchase something different, and while out shopping she got the call that she had been terminated.

On the surface it sounds like Odes was given the shaft, but a part of me wonders what exactly her outfits looked like. She was pictured in a short skirt at her press conference, a skirt that she wore at the office. In my opinion, if I were asked to cover up, I wouldn’t choose a mini-skirt as my “cover up.”

Now Odes has hired famed attorney Gloria Allred, and they’re taking on the lingerie company.

While I understand that companies have policies as to what people should and should not wear, I’m surprised that a lingerie company, of all business types, would expect a woman to hide her curves to the point of taping herself down. Taping is uncomfortable, not to mention it’s something that no woman should have to do because her employer decides after hiring someone that her breasts are too large. Real or fake, it’s irrelevant. Her breasts didn’t change size between her being hired and the time that she started work.

Have you ever been asked to cover up at your job?

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