• Tue, May 22 2012

New Jersey’s Lauren Odes Claims She Was Fired For Being “Too Hot”

Here’s one for the blogs: a 29-year-old New Jersey woman named Lauren Odes claims she was fired on account of her outrageous hotness. Odes, a data entry professional, believes her looks and (comparatively) provocative fashions were too much for her Orthodox Jewish employers at wholesale lingerie company Native Intimates.

Odes says it was her figure that so offended her employers, not so much her clothes. She explained in a press conference yesterday, “When I first started working there, I asked what the dress code was, and I was just told to look around and see what everyone else was wearing. So I did. The dress was very casual athletic wear to business attire.”

Before long, the managerial pressure set in: “When I was first told that I was too hot and that my breasts were too large, I was shocked. After I was told to tape down my breasts, I cried.” A superior allegedly suggested she wear a ”humiliating” red bathrobe over her clothing:

Even when she tried to dress more conservatively, Odes says management deemed her figure “distracting.” Although she agreed to purchase a long sweater to cover up, she was eventually fired. Odes’ employers reportedly told her, “You are just too hot for this office.”

Wait. How does an unknown woman with a fairly unremarkable workplace complaint hold a press conference?

As if it’s any surprise, Odes has called in the services of professional attention-getter Gloria Allred. 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 a woman should dress… but I do not feel that any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me.”

Do you think this is really about gender and religious discrimination? Or wanting to be famous? …Or all of the above?

(Photos by Getty; via ReutersHuffPo, NYPost)

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  • thatswrong

    Its not our fault that god made us this way, I understand what she is going through. Lucky for her going forward into filing discrimination compliant, I wish I could have done that too. I had started a new job and they thought I was a stripper , I dont know were they think thats from I never show cleavage and wear right below knee length skirts or slacks. I think its just the blonde hair!

  • Brianna

    Too hot? Hmmm. No. She wants to be famous. I wish there were pictures of her work outfits.

  • Alexis H

    There is definitely gender discrimination when it comes to dress code rules and someone needs to take a stand eventually, but who knows if this woman’s employers really treated her so unfairly. It sounds like she probably has some sort of case, but I’d really like to see what she was wearing to work and if it was actually as chaste as she claims.

  • Sabrina

    I would have done the exact same thing she’s doing. If an employer told you to tape down your breasts, that is absolutely harassment. They made her wear a bathrobe at her desk in front of her coworkers. I read her account in a different article, and she said she sat in the bathroom and cried because she was being shamed in front of her coworkers, that is no way to treat an employee. And when they told her to go out and buy a sweater that goes down to her ankles, and she did, they called her and told her she was fired. Every part of her experience is so wrong, you can’t treat your employees that way! And I think it’s brave of her to come out, although it sucks that her using Gloria will make people think differently about her case. But imagine all the women in the world who do get discriminated against at work for their bodies, get harassed and get fired. Someone has to take a stand, and she’s opening herself up to ridicule by doing so.

  • thejadedentrepreneur

    Her dress is two sizes too small and she’s wearing hooker boots. She was fired for looking like a tacky hooker.