Too sexy for New York? Woman says she was fired for being too busty

From NY Daily News:

A buxom babe claimed she was fired from her job at a Manhattan lingerie distributor — for being too hot.

Two days after getting hired in April, a supervisor at the business in the Garment District told Lauren Odes the Orthodox Jewish owners were not happy with her attire.

And they said her boobs were a dangerous distraction.

“When I was first told that I was too hot and that my breasts were too large, I was shocked,” said Odes, 29. “I thought that I was dressed appropriately every day for my job as a production assistant.”

Lauren Odes contends she was fired from her job at Native Intimates in Manhattan because the owners thought she was too hot.

The bosses shouldn’t have been surprised.

Odes, of Manalapan, N.J., was dressed in a purple minidress with side zippers when she interviewed for the job.

“She was simply fired for being attractive and for not conforming to the religious strictures imposed by top management,” said her celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred.

Odes has filed a federal complaint, but intends to file a lawsuit alleging gender and religious discrimination.

A pint-sized brunette with platinum streaks, Odes said she was wearing a dress when the female supervisor first said she was too sexy for the job. Odes wore a gray T-shirt and black leggings with rain boots the next day. But the bosses still complained.

“‘Lauren, try taping down your breasts to make them appear smaller,’” she claims she was told.

The next day, Odes said, she wore a high-waisted black dress and boots — the same outfit she wore to a Monday press conference. Once again that didn’t pass muster with her bosses.

Odes said she was given a choice — buy a sweater that comes to her ankles or cover up in a bright red bathrobe the supervisor pulled off the rack. When she donned the robe, her co-workers laughed at her. So she went weeping to buy another outfit — and was axed while out shopping.

Lauren Odes took photo of herself wearing robe she claims her employers told her to put on.
Workers at the lingerie business declined comment.

“I am Jewish as well and don’t feel any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me,”
said Odes.

But Debrahlee Lorenzana, who hired Allred for a similar case in 2010, warned Odes may end up taking on her former employer on her own. The banker sued Citigroup over claims she was canned over her killer curves.

“If I could turn back time — I would have not chosen Gloria Allred as my lawyer,” Lorenzana, 35, told The News. “The only times I saw her was when the media was there.”

Lorenzana, who declined to discuss the specifics of the arbitration session with Citibank, said she sympathized with Odes.

“Nobody should be fired because of their physical appearance,” she said. “I feel sorry for the girl.”

A Citibank spokesman said case with Lorenzana “is concluded” and she didn’t get a cent from them.

“Citibank did not enter into any kind of settlement with Ms. Lorenzana or provide any payment to her,” he said.