A woman says she is suing a lingerie company that fired her because she was "too hot" to work for the company. Laura Odes says her boss at Native Intimates, a Fifth Avenue garment business owned by Orthodox Jews, told her that her breasts were too big.
NY Daily News reports Odes said that two days after she was hired, her supervisor told her that the Orthodox Jewish owners of the business disapproved of her attire.
According to NY Daily News, Odes, 29, from New Jersey, said her manager told her that her breasts were too big and were "dangerous distraction." According to Odes, her boss told her to tape down her breasts and wear baggy clothes, but while she tried to comply with her boss's instructions she was fired over the phone.
Daily Mail reports that Odes made the allegations at a press conference on Monday in the company of her attorney, the publicity seeking Gloria Allred.
NY Post reports Odes was hired by the Manhattan-based lingerie firm as a data entry temp in April but lasted on the job for only a week.
According to NY Daily News, Odes said: “When I was first told that I was too hot and that my breasts were too large, I was shocked. I thought that I was dressed appropriately every day for my job as a production assistant.”
Allred, speaking on behalf of Odes, said: "She was told by supervisors, 'You are just too hot for this office. Maybe you should wear your boyfriend's T-shirt and sweatpants.'"
Allred said Odes' manager told her: "Lauren, try taping down your breasts to make them appear smaller." NY Post reports Odes said she recorded her supervisor telling her to "change my hair, change my lips, they’re too fresh.” Allred said: “Her supervisors warned that the company’s Orthodox Jewish owners saw what she was wearing and disapproved."
According to Ms. odes, she tried to change her attire to please her employers. She said she wore a gray T-shirt and black leggings with rain boots the next day but her boss complained still. The next day she wore a high-waisted black dress and boots (see the video above), but her boss still was not satisfied.
Odes said she was told she could either buy a sweater that comes to her ankles or cover up in a red bathrobe the supervisor provided. When she tried on the robe, her co-workers mocked her and she broke down in tears. According to NY Daily News, Odes took a photo of herself wearing the robe.
Daily Mail reports she said she was fired over the phone while shopping for a baggy outfit. NY Post reports Odes said: "It was very shocking, very humiliating. It was a crazy experience, unlike anything I’ve ever been through.”
According to Allred: "She was simply fired for being attractive and for not conforming to the religious strictures imposed by top management."
Odes filed a complaint against the company at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Addressing the press conference, she said: "I understand there are Orthodox Jewish men who may have their views on how a woman should dress and how much she should be covered. But I am Jewish as well and don't feel any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me."
NY Daily News comments that her employers shouldn't have been surprised at her work attire because she was dressed in a purple minidress with side zippers when she turned up for a job interview.
Odes has, however, received warning from Debrahlee Lorenzana who hired Allred for a similar case in 2010 involving Citibank. Lorenzana warns Odes: “If I could turn back time — I would have not chosen Gloria Allred as my lawyer. The only times I saw her was when the media was there.”
According to NY Daily News, a Citibank spokesman said: "Citibank did not enter into any kind of settlement with Ms. Lorenzana or provide any payment to her."
Daily Mail reports Native Intimates has declined comments.