Woman Sues Boss Over 'Mini-Skirt' Monday

Monday, 08 Aug 2011 10:17 AM

By Caroline Rawls

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A Utah woman is suing her former boss, alleging that he tried to force her into a sexist dress code schedule that included a “Mini-skirt Monday” and fired her when she complained, reports the New York Daily News.

Trude Nycole Anderson filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court alleging that Derek Wright, owner of Pleasant Creek-based Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electric Control Co., sexually harassed her for years. Part of that harassment included a provocative memo mandating a day-by-day work attire schedule, the suit maintains.

A copy of the complaint obtained by the Salt-Lake Tribune outlines the proposed dress code. The schedule called for “Mini-skirt Monday,” “Tube-top Tuesday,” “Wet T-shirt Wednesday,” “No bra Thursday,” and “Bikini top Friday.”

Wright supervised Anderson at D&L Electric Control for almost four years. During that time, he “repeatedly asked Ms. Anderson about her breast size and talked about her breasts in front of other employees,” according to the complaint.

The 44-year-old Anderson also claims that Wright slapped her on the buttocks and taunted her.

A single mother, Anderson believes she was targeted because her supervisor knew she could not afford to lose her job and would be hesitant to report the harassment. Upon reporting her supervisor in February 2011, she was fired almost immediately.

Anderson is suing for wrongful termination as well as for battery and emotional distress.


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