The woman who worked at a business in midtown Manhattan has alleged that her bosses meted out discriminatory, profoundly humiliating and unlawful treatment to her.
“When my supervisor asked me to tape down my breasts I asked my supervisor, are you kidding?” a news website quoted her as saying.
The 29-year-old was appalled by the suggestion and what happened at the 5th Avenue headquarters of a wholesale lingerie business.
According to her attorney, “The treatment was discriminatory, profoundly humiliating and unlawful.”
The allegations of gender and religious discrimination were spelled out in the complaint currently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The voluptuous woman was hired on April 24th to coordinate shipments of sample to customers and maintained that her supervisors repeatedly complained about her physical appearance and attire, even though she insists there was no dress code, as co-workers wore tank tops, and were casually dressed.
When she wore a short sleeve purple dress on day two of her job she was allegedly told that the company’s Orthodox Jewish owners felt the piece was drawing too much attention and should not be worn for her “own safety.”
The following Monday, she tried a hooded top, but the outfit still drew criticism from the bosses.
On the fifth day, she wore a knee-length black dress with a shawl over it hoping to please her bosses, instead she was asked to wear a red bathrobe, which she took a picture of her wearing it in the ladies room.
“I felt ridiculous and extremely embarrassed, others in the office were laughing and asking why I was wearing it and I told them what I was told,” she said.
She took off the robe and went to buy yet another outfit that she thought would be appropriate, but instead got a phone call saying that she was fired, she feels because of the size of her breast and shape of her body.
“I do not feel an employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me when I’m working in a business that’s not a synagogue, but sells things with hearts on the female genitals and boy shorts for women that say hot in the buttocks area,” she added.