An employee had the best response to being told her ponytail and headscarf were ‘unprofessional’ [Photo: Facebook/ June J Rivas]
Dressing for the office every day is tricky enough, without having an overly fussy boss who disses your do’s as inappropriate. Some employees might begrudgingly tow the dress code line, but not one feisty office worker from Chicago. When June Rivas was recently told by her boss that wearing her hair in a ponytail or donning a head scarf was ‘unprofessional’ she chose to respond in the best way possible.
After carefully checking the company dress code, which merely stated that employees needed to be “clean and pressed” June decided to file a complaint of harassment against the overbearing boss. But the boss hit back by introducing a new dress policy banning straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and even “cultural head wraps”‘.
June has since reported the female boss to the EEOC – The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – but, in the meantime, she decided she would comply with the new guidelines. But not in the way her boss probably intended the new policy to be interpreted.
June decided to comply with the new dress code, just not in the way her boss expected [Photos: Facebook/ June J Rivas]
Taking to Facebook to explain what she’d decided to do, June described how she chose to rock up to the office in some of her favourite cosplay costumes, making sure she sticks within the new dress policy’s stringent requirements, of course.
“I have come to work each day in an outfit that fits the guidelines she laid out…just…not QUITE the way she expected,” she wrote in the post.
The gutsy employee shared 20 selfies beneath her post, showing her dressed in a number of costumes, from a Star Trek inspired look to a Princess Leia costume.
June in two of the outfits she decided to rock to work [Photos: Facebook/ June J Rivas]
She has also rocked a number of brightly coloured wigs and dressed as a member of the Fantastic 4, Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter and Batgirl.
Well the dress code didn’t specifically mention wigs or lycra did it?
To prove her point, June also shared a picture of herself in her ordinary office attire that her boss had objected to in the first place.
“No open toes. No scarves. UNPROFESSIONAL,” she captioned the image.
June took inspiration from Star Wars and Star Trek for some of her new work attire [Photos: Facebook/ June J Rivas]
The inspiring post has been shared over 19K times and won praise from many for her brave move and expressing outrage over the banning of headscarves.
“She cannot say cultural head wraps, that’s a HUGE lawsuit waiting to happen,” one supporter wrote.
“I’m angry at this, sad that you have to experience that, and and love your new *compliance*,” added another.
“This is amazing, I love that you’re now flat out cosplaying at work,” one Facebook user commented.
June’s post is quickly going viral [Photo: Facebook/ June J Rivas]
Others offered suggestions of other costumes the employee could rock at work.
“Did she give any rules about wings? Because I have a fun Teen Titans Bumblebee cosplay you could wear!” one woman offered.
“Nope. I have fairy wings and Angel wings to try out next week,” June responded.
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