Lauren Odes (29) said her Orthodox Jewish employers at Native Intimates told her that her outfit and others like it were “too hot” for the warehouse.“We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body,” Odes said.
Odes’s attorney, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said she filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York. Odes said she felt her wardrobe was appropriate for a business that sells ‘thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area and boy shorts for women that say hot in the buttocks area’.
Odes said that on successive days during her week-long employment in late April she was warned that her attire was too alluring, that her breasts should be taped down to make them look smaller, and that she was asked to wear a red bathrobe to cover one outfit. “This whole experience has been horrifying to me,” she said. “I love fashion and I always will, but I don’t believe any woman should be treated as I was.”
“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,” she said. An employee at the company had no immediate comment on Odes’ claims.