Yet another gross example of body intolerance in a corporate environment: At a Lululemon store in Utah, a woman was mocked by employees for her size.
Heather Albert had been struggling with postpartum depression after giving birth to her son in 2011, PEOPLE reports. This, coupled with polycystic ovarian syndrome (which she had been battling for years) made it hard to lose weight.
The Las Vegas human resources manager put in the work, though, and she eventually lost 80 pounds over the span of a year by doing yoga and undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy.
"So much has changed since losing weight," Albert said. "I have more self-esteem, more self-confidence, and most importantly, I feel healthier overall."
With her newfound confidence, "I decided to channel my inner warrior and brave the [Lululemon] store in Park City," which didn't carry her previous size 22.
Going in, what Albert didn't realize was just how mean-spirited the employees were at this particular location. Albert wrote in a now-unavailable Facebook post that the the sales associates whispered, "Do we even have anything in her size?" while giggling. Albert was the only customer in the store at the time.
"I was humiliated,” Albert said. "I have been made fun of my entire life for my weight, so any time comments are made regarding my appearance or weight, I shut down. I felt ‘less than,’ and felt that I was not welcome in the store. Moreover, I felt that I didn’t have the right to be shopping there because I’m close to the upper end of their size ranges. I was so embarrassed, I just paid for the two items I had in my hand and left the store as quickly as possible. I just wanted to be out of there."
Albert's story went viral, and since then, she has received apologies. It's her hope that the employees will be retrained.
As PEOPLE points out, this incident isn't the first time Lululemon has received negative publicity for body shaming. In 2013, founder Chip Wilson said, "Some women's bodies just don't actually work" in response to complaints about pants that were too sheer. Wilson stepped down from his position shortly after.
When will it end?
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