Lauren Odes: Woman claims she was fired from lingerie company for having big breasts

Lauren Odes with attorney Gloria Allred, who holds a photo of Odes in a bathrobe she was asked to wear by her supervisors.

She said she was too hot to trot — at least, at work.

29-year-old Lauren Odes is suing her former employer after claiming she was fired for “being too hot” and having large breasts.

Odes was hired in April as a data entry worker for Native Intimates, a Garment District lingerie company with Orthodox Jewish owners. Odes, who has enlisted the legal assistance of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said in a press conference today that she was continually told by a supervisor that the owners wanted her to appear less sexy.

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

She said she tried many different looks to appease the company’s owners, from a T-shirt and jeggings, to a bathrobe pulled from a rack. She was even asked to tape down her breasts to make them “appear smaller.”

After being driven to tears, Odes said she left work at one point to buy a new outfit and was fired while she was gone. Now, she is suing her former employer for gender and religious discrimination in the workplace.

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

A employee for Native Intimates told Metro, “No comment,” when asked about the lawsuit.

Native Intimates specializes in sexy lingerie and the company’s website includes racy blog posts written by women. In the most recent entry, titled “The Weekend: Break Out The Best Bra And Panties,” the author writes about her strategy for catching the attention of men.

“I like to put on a charming dress with a startling low cut neckline and show off more than a little of my bra, it’s more than enough to entice half the male population of any given bar or club to give me casual smiles and less than casual drink offers,” the post reads.

This is the same company that is being accused of firing a woman for being “too hot”? Is it just us, or is something not adding up here?


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