There's a made-for-the-tabs story on the covers of the New York Post and New York Daily News today, and ostensibly, it's about breasts. But really, it's about much more than that. This is a story about a woman who seems to purport to be so attractive, hot, sexy, and inherently—naturally or unnaturally—"better" than others that it has brought her no limit of trials and tribulations, and ultimately lost her, in this case, her job. So, she's suing.
This particular story is about a 29-year-old woman named Lauren Odes who says she was fired from Native Intimates, a lingerie company run by Orthodox Jews where she'd been placed as a data-entry clerk and office assistant in late April by a temp agency. Fired because she was "just too hot." She was there all of two days before the looks-criticisms began, reports the Daily News. Now, backed by lawyer Gloria Allred, who is very busy indeed, she's filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the company.
Among Odes' claims: The company sells lingerie (plenty of hot things, there, why can't she be hot, too?, is the subtext), but also, she's been humiliated and embarrassed (and asked to tape down her breasts, dubbed "too large," allegedly). She was, apparently, warned about what she was wearing. According to Rebecca Rosenberg and Dan Mangan, writing in the Post, "Odes said her boss’ hectoring about her hefty chest reached a fever pitch when she went to work wearing a tight black dress with a plunging V-shaped back that exposed her bra strap and stockings." She was made to wear a large red bathrobe.