According to a federal discrimination complaint, 24-year-old Vanessa Lopez was sexually harassed by co-workers in a New York restaurant after being publicly told by her manager that she looked too hot in a pair of jeans.
Ms Lopez began working at Pigalle on Eighth Avenue in 2013 and says her problems started there this summer. For the World Cup, employees were told they could dress down for a more casual appearance, so she came to work in her American Eagle jeans.
However her general manager Lucille Thomas allegedly didn’t like the look and in an interview with the Washington Post Ms Lopez said:
The minute she saw me, she looked me up and down and said “I don’t like the way they look on you. You’re too much.” I felt embarrassed, like I did something wrong.
According to the complaint, later that day, Ms Thomas announced she was canceling the dress-down policy as “some people’s choices is inappropriate” – allegedly looking pointedly at Ms Lopez as she said it, implying publicly that she dressed in a slutty fashion.
Ms Lopez says that over time she became the victim of harassment as kitchen staff started calling her slutty names and grabbing her, with Ms Thomas eventually saying her “bubbly personality attracts the wrong attention’’ warning her to “tone it down” and threatening she would lose her job if she brought a sexual-harassment suit.
Lopez’s lawyer, Joshua Friedman said:
The victim was blamed for all of this and then warned she would get fired if she brought a lawsuit. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
So rather than the usual guys leering at women in short skirts or low-cut tops, it seems that women can’t even wear a pair of jeans without suffering sexual harassment now. Great.