When an employee’s boss told her that head wraps were against the company dress code, she got creative and protested by dressing in cosplay.
June Rivas, who is believed to be from Chicago, was told by her employer that her ponytails and head scarves were “unprofessional” and against company policy.
On Thursday, Rivas posted to Facebook that she had filed a harassment complaint against her boss, explaining, “Our contract states, ‘No dress code. Just be clean and pressed.’”
She posted the above picture of how she usually dresses in a pantsuit and blouse—which appears to be “clean and pressed”—yet didn’t satisfy her boss because she was wearing a head wrap.
After Rivas filed the complaint, her boss introduced a new dress code which excluded “cultural head wraps” along with other items such as hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, and lace.
While Rivas’ formal complaint is being considered by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she decided to retaliate and wear costumes to work—all of which were within the new dress code guidelines.
Policing women's bodies should never be acceptable, especially within the workplace.
Photo credit: Facebook, June J. Rivas