A pregnant, “plus size” woman was fired from her job after sharing a topless photo on social media.
(Oh, the blessings of Facebook).
Stephanie, who has opted to keep her last name private, took a series of photos of her and her fiance Arynn, locked in an embrace, naked above the waist, to announce their engagement, Fox News reported.
Arynn was in his jeans while Stephanie was clad in only a bikini bottom.
The photo was taken by Wolf & Rose Photography who subsequently shared them to its Instagram page.
The pictures received around 66,000 comments, described by Fox News as “mostly positive,” but the bank where Stephanie worked was not among them.
Austin Bank Texas said the photos were not appropriate for a family friendly company.
“They said I was topless, and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company,” she told BuzzFeed.
“There was no defending myself, they had made their decision,” Stephanie added. “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.”
Wolf & Rose Photography shamed the bank on its Facebook page.
“I completely understand that it is perfectly within the company’s rights to terminate someone,” it wrote. “Texas is an at will state, and legally her employer did nothing wrong, 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.”
Regardless of being canned, Stephanie has no regrets about her decision to do the photo shoot.
“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” Stephanie told the Huffington Post. “I was so nervous to see the final result. I didn’t know what to expect. But when I saw the album, I was shocked. I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening.”
The debate raged on social media on whether the company, or Stephanie, was in the right.
Com’on now. Body positive or not, she had to have known this was a risk. https://t.co/52NSfmGepa
— Myles Ethan Lascity (@elascity) September 29, 2017
Maybe if she posted a framed photo of it on her desk, I’d get it but I think she just needs to hire an attorney ?
— Nina Slaney (@ninamarie_4) September 29, 2017
She was topless, the company found it distasteful. Are you really going to judge someone else’s opinion when that’s what you demand?
— Aaron (@kuffelkid) October 1, 2017
Good on ya girl. Its good to be confident in yourself (^.^)
— Manaaki Teirney (@teirney_manaaki) September 29, 2017
Maybe because IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE HAVING SEX OUTSIDE AND NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT pic.twitter.com/R6xOtx6OoA
— Emily Felix (@theagirl20) September 29, 2017
Would there be the same response if it was a fat guy
— Jonny Hartnett (@hartnett_jonny) September 29, 2017
Positive for who? Certainly less dead spots in the frame? She fills it!
— MemphisFlash (@MemphisFlash365) September 29, 2017
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