Recently, a stunning body-positive photo shoot went viral.
The photos showed Stephanie And Arryn (who prefer to only go by their first names) show a topless Stephanie wearing high-waisted underwear straddling Arryn, the couple kissing and embracing and standing in knee-deep water.
The shoot was praised for its body-positivity — and Stephanie, who is reportedly pregnant, told HuffPost that she had “honestly never felt more attractive.”
But late last week, Stephanie told Buzzfeed that the sultry shoot actually got her fired.
“They said I was topless, and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company,” Stephanie said about Austin Bank Texas. “There was no defending myself, they had made their decision. I gave over a year to a company that I worked really hard for and then to have them turn on me for doing something so positive, something that I was so proud of — to help myself as a woman — it was hurtful. People were pulling out their phones at work and showing the pictures and that was blamed on me.”
While Austin Bank Texas has said they don’t comment on HR matters, Stephanie’s termination has gained traction online.
“I completely understand that it is perfectly within the company’s rights to terminate someone. Texas is an at will state, and legally her employer did nothing wrong,” wrote Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography, who shot the photos. “But I cannot help but wonder how a company who claims to uphold family values can morally terminate an otherwise model employee who is 20+ weeks pregnant with her first child. Their decision not only stripped her of her insurance which is without a doubt a major necessity while pregnant, but also her paid maternity leave.”
So, we want to know: What do you think? We’ve heard plenty of stories of employees being let go for reasons like racism and violence towards women, but what about something like this, that reportedly goes against company values, but is a personal decision? Should posing for sexy photos ever be grounds for termination? Or should what you do off shift be left there? Where should the line be drawn?