Amy-Erin Blakely Hires L.A.'s Gloria Allred To Sue Former Employer, Who Allegedly Made It Clear Her Large Breasts Were Unprofessional
When are large breasts a liability? When your boss tells you to cover them up more -- that they're distracting coworkers. Really?
That's the contention of Amy-Erin Blakely, a Florida woman who hired Los Angeles' favorite, news-making attorney, Gloria Allred, to rep her in a lawsuit against the Devereux Foundation, her former employer.
Blakely claims the children's mental-health nonprofit fired her after she complained that she was told to cover up her breasts and that her looks would prevent her from further promotion at the company.
This, she said, followed years of inappropriate comments about her looks.
"No woman should ever be subjected to such sexist and derogatory remarks," said Blakely, 43.
She said she feared she would lose her job "because of the way I looked, not based on my performance at all. My performance was exemplary."
Her grievance, filed by Allred Wednesday, alleges that's exactly the case.
The company issued a statement that reads, in part:
The allegations "are purposefully inflammatory, and either spurious or twisted in content and context. In no way do these allegations represent the truth about our organization or our staff ..."
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