US women sues former employers for ordering her ‘to hide too big boobs’

Friday, November 12, 2010

LONDON - A US woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employers for gender discrimination claiming she was ordered to hide her breasts because they were too large.

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.

Blakely, 43, said she was told male colleagues could not concentrate in meetings because of her “large breasts” and that she was “too sensual” to gain promotion.

She alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired from her job as assistant executive director the day after filing a second complaint about the comments.

Blakely said she had been reprimanded after the first complaint.

“No woman should ever be subjected to such sexist and derogatory remarks,” the Telegraph quoted Blakely as telling 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.”

“My performance was exemplary,” Blakely added.

Blakely has said she “always dressed professionally”. Her case is being handled by Gloria Allred, a lawyer noted for taking on several high profile clients, including Rachel Uchitel, an alleged mistress of the golfer Tiger Woods.

The Devereux Foundation described the lawsuit as “purposefully inflammatory, and either spurious or twisted in content and context”.

“In no way do these allegations represent the truth about our organisation or our staff,” it said in a statement.

“We have a deep and abiding respect for women in our organization,” the statement added. (ANI)

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