Woman sues ex-employer for being asked to hide her breasts
A Florida woman is suing her former employers for being ordered to hide her breasts because they were too large. She was told that male colleagues were unable to concentrate because of her "large breasts" and that she was "too sensual" to gain promotion.world Updated: Nov 12, 2010 15:13 IST
A Florida woman is suing her former employers for being ordered to hide her breasts because they were too large.
43-year on Amy-Erin Blakely claims she endured six years of harassment about the size of her chest at the Devereux Foundation, a children's mental health organisation in Orlando, Florida.
She was told by her ex-employers that male colleagues were unable to concentrate in meetings because of her "large breasts" and that she was "too sensual" to gain promotion.
She was fired from her job as assistant executive director the day after filing a second complaint about the sexual comments, she claims in her lawsuit. She had been reprimanded after the first complaint.
"No woman should ever be subjected to such sexist and derogatory remarks," she said at a press conference.
"Every day I had great trepidation and fear that I was going to either be humiliated, harassed or lose my job because of the way I looked, not based on my performance at all," she said.
Her case is being handled by high profile lawyer Gloria Allred, who incidentally has Rachel Uchitel, an alleged mistress of Tiger Woods, as her client. Gloria Allred also represented Debrahlee Lorenzana who was sacked by Citibank for being "too sexy".
The Devereux Foundation described the lawsuit as "purposefully inflammatory, and either spurious or twisted in content and context".
First Published: Nov 12, 2010 13:37 IST