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This Woman’s Boss Told Her Headscarf Was ‘Unprofessional’ So She Went To Work In Cosplay
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This Woman’s Boss Told Her Headscarf Was ‘Unprofessional’ So She Went To Work In Cosplay

When June J Rivas’s boss told her that her dress code was unprofessional, she didn’t realize the can of worms she was opening.

“So my boss didn’t like me wearing my hair in a ponytail everyday,” she wrote on Facebook. “Nor my hair in a scarf. “Unprofessional”. Nor my hair in pigtails. “Unprofessional”. So I filed a harassment complaint against her as our contract states “no dress code. just be clean and pressed”.” Her boss countered by devising a new dress code that outlawed all of the above plus a number of other items including straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, “and even (and I quote) “cultural head wraps”.” The new rules however said nothing about Cosplay, so after reporting her boss to the EEOC (Equal Opportunities Employment Commission), Rivas decided to have a little fun. See for yourself below.

More info: Facebook (h/t)

This is the ‘unprofessional’ outfit that June’s boss had a problem with

So June filed a harassment complaint. Later, her boss responded with new rules banning all “cultural head wraps”

June finally agreed to follow the guidelines…but not the way her boss expected!

She started coming to work wearing Cosplay!

The new dress code never said anything about blonde wigs or contact lenses

The rules don’t mention anything about the leather or Spock ears either

“I have come to work each day in an outfit that fits the guidelines,” wrote Rivas

You don’t mess with Cosplayers!

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
6 years ago

"No cultural headwraps" is a major discrimination lawsuit just waiting to happen. That boss has some sort of personal or racist vendetta going on. Either that or she is just a control freak.

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

Unequal Opportunity / Dissenting Action Employer

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago

DRESS CODE is very simple: Just keep your clothes on. Apparently your boss has never been to Wal-Mart (lol j/k)

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

Blaming the boss is perfect, and so is filing a harrassment complaint. Obviously, something is going wrong in that department. The cosplay, however creative it is and however cool these costumes look, is a clear escalation and provocation. A bit like "look what I think of your stupid rules, I stick to same and still pester you". It makes it questionable whether mutually solving a bad workplace atmosphere is really sought. The "don't mess with cosplay" says it all. A workplace is no place to mess with each other, neither upwards nor downwards the hierarchy ladder.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

I can see your point. She's totally in her rights but that's doesn't make it the best way of action

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Wendy
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6 years ago

First off, I think she looked fine in her original outfit. While I'm not sure I would escalate the situation wearing cos-play, I think it's awfully rich for the boss to be asking for "professional" attire in a work place that is clearly relaxed. Look at her cubical (apparently no complaints?) and those around. There is a tissue paper banner hanging up in plain view. This isn't some law office than needs to showcase decorum. In short, a company shouldn't have a office so casual and expect employees to dress up corporate style.

Crystal Rose
Community Member
6 years ago

You are beautiful. You looked very professional and lovely in your head wrap! I hope your boss has learned to not be a such a tight wad.

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 years ago

Brava!! There was nothing unprofessional about her original outfit, and her work-around is brilliant. The only unprofessional thing I noticed was the boss's apparent discriminatory stand.

Ste Parkinson
Community Member
6 years ago

Clearly that boss shouldn't be a boss!

Joseph A. Langley
Community Member
6 years ago

We don't know the rules on hats though. That makes a huge difference. "The new dress code never said anything about blonde wigs or contact lenses..." But it does mention cleavage. I would like to point out the sleeveless shirt in the background of the original photo. I can guess what's really going on. They probably mutually hate each other and do things to try to make the other mad. It's pretty common in office settings... well, in any work setting now.

Charlie Riley
Community Member
6 years ago

The cleavage comment is discrimination based on sex, which is a serious violation of a lot of things, unless Boss means "butt cleavage," in which case I'd agree.

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Christian Hill
Community Member
6 years ago

Ahhh, the old juvenile response. My kids grew out of that.

António Lima
Community Member
6 years ago

Who's the boss in that enterprise then?

Edie Henning Wall
Community Member
6 years ago

Lots of pateints who have chemo "therapy" poisoning loose hair and wear headwraps. Would this psycho boss really deny someone wiht cancer?????

Janese Alston
Community Member
6 years ago

there's always a way around the rules. you go girl

d bradley
Community Member
6 years ago

My initial reaction was "just quit." But after seeing your creative reaction to boss's stupidity I think you win!

Anthony O'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

Note to the employer - Sack the boss, promote June.

Roland Lauridsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Xlent @JuneJRivas U are a Rebel

Wendy Ching
Community Member
6 years ago

I like the stick it to the boss idea but Im surprised she still has a job, dressed so unprofessionally in costume.

Ana T.
Community Member
6 years ago

Genius

Brenda Lakey
Community Member
6 years ago

HAAA Good for You Hope you Win Harassment Suit n Boss get reprimanded !!!

Nicholas Blackmore
Community Member
4 years ago

I think that boss must be jealous. The headscarf and outfit that day look just fine to me. You are a very beautiful lady and all of the outfits you wore look great, very fresh and clean. Clearly the boss needs taking away and thrashing with some nettles until they cheer up. Or at least lighten up. What a grim world they must live in! I hope you escape to somewhere that is less deliberately-miserable soon!

Travis Allee
Community Member
4 years ago

It's his company. Why can't he tell them what he wants them to wear? I have to wear a uniform and no beard at fire dept. Is that racist?

Annabelle Johnson
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely PERFECT way to get back at your boss! Great job, Rivas!

Mike Kister
Community Member
5 years ago

Talk about uber cool, she is rocking that dress code ^_^

Carol Taylor
Community Member
6 years ago

'No Cultural Head wraps" hmm, so l suppose a Muslim woman would not be allowed to wear he had-jib..

Misty Pal
Community Member
6 years ago

this was Great ???? u r awesome lady ????????????

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
6 years ago

Right On Sista!

Heather Fowler
Community Member
6 years ago

She's absolutely right here, and GO geek girl! Her boss needs a serious slap in her bank account.

Gay Johnson
Community Member
6 years ago

I love her effort to "stick it to the whatever" but I have no idea what Cosplayers are - it sucks to be so out of touch...:)

NoliBelle
Community Member
6 years ago

You are clearly on the internet... what's stopping you from using a search engine?

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Christine Musal
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this, good for her!

Rism
Community Member
6 years ago

You go girl !!!!! :D

Anthony O'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

Note to the employer - Sack the boss, promote June.

Andreas Pedersen
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree with the boss..

Willem-jan Ceelen
Community Member
6 years ago

she wants to get rid of you

S. Kay McGue
Community Member
6 years ago

Love the Emma Frost with a backup corset t-shirt underneath.

Janet Silver
Community Member
6 years ago

This won't be popular. I'm old school. I don't think what we wear should be more important than our careers. Creating conflict at work gets attention.....but is it good for her in the long run?

Nagako Kudo
Community Member
6 years ago

COOL

Todd Alquist
Community Member
6 years ago

needs some attention i guess maybe a new job?

jay swanon
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah I work there. So here's an idea of the sort of stuff I saw at work before we got a "dress code" . I can't speak personally as to whether or not June was personally told to remove her scarf, but the idea that this was somehow race related is absolutely absurd considering our LOA is an African American woman. I can however say there are a lot of attention seeking drama queens in our office. HOT-Sexy-T...4c2221.jpg HOT-Sexy-Transparent-Women-Long-Flare-font-b-Pants-b-font-Sexy-Hips-font-b-See-57bcfb44c2221.jpg

John
Community Member
6 years ago

So, she was promptly fired then? Right? Like, yeah the whole screw-you to the boss sounds like fun and all, but she's still your boss. That's the joy of open employment laws - you can't be forced to work, but they aren't forced to keep insubordinate employees. Side note - yes, the rule is ridiculous and certainly warrants fighting. But being pointedly unprofessional isn't really the way to do it.

Hans Santoso
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, as a fresh graduate, i must say that if this is actually true, she is very immature. Her action doesn't show that she even value her "Cultural Head Wraps" that much. If i was her boss, i will fire her the first time she's cosplaying. Looking Proffesional is a must in workplace. Quit your bitching, and stop with all "standing up to people". This is just immature.

that_motovlogger_fan_guy_for_ever
Community Member
6 years ago

If its unprofessional get over it, this world is fucking ruined because everyone needs to get butthurt over anything, grow the fuck up

Victoria Swift
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6 years ago

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Oh yes, the "I'm above the rules and policies of this workplace because I'm a special snowflake" passive agreesive employee. Just do your work. If you don't agree with the policy leave. The company is not there for you, you are there for them- that's why they pay you. There are 100 people behind you who would happily take your place.

Junebug
Community Member
6 years ago

That's not at all true. Maybe she couldn't find another job. Also, the company should definitely support the employees in return...

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Cesi Baca
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6 years ago

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There are some really pretty head wraps out there. What this woman has on in the picture is a cheap common scarf & it does look unprofessional. Pigtails on an adult woman yeah unprofessional. Don't get what's wrong w/ the ponytail though. It was the companies fault for not defining a dress code. Now that they have a clear dresscode, if she still doesn't like her job situation then she should prepare to find another one. That's what millions of people do when they don't like there job, not come to work in costumes like a rebellious child. This woman looks like an idiot.

inlarktwo_1
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6 years ago

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I'd get rid of your ass ASAP the next time you mess up at work ! Your Not a company person or a team player.(As anyone can see by your childish behavior).It IS obvious you are NOT professional by your actions ! I guess you didn't get your rebellion out of your system when you were a teenager .

Ashley Steidl
Community Member
6 years ago

But it's perfectly fine for the boss to not allow "cultural head wraps?" Sorry, but that's blatant discrimination. And "not a team player" or "NOT professional?" How did you come to decide that these two statements are correct? Because from what I can see in the original picture, she is dressed very professionally (unless you are docking her for the open toed shoes, in which case, grow up) and there is no evidence pointing towards her not being a team player (pretty sure you just threw that in to make yourself sound better, but it didn't work).

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NoliBelle
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6 years ago

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The head scarf IS unprofessional. So she comes to work looking even more unprofessional? You millennials and your inflated sense of entitlement. That doesn't make her employer "rasis". It means she needs to respect her workplace and her employer. This is why we should never have outlawed corporal punishment. It's clear now that it's necessary to beat common sense into some people when they're young or they'll just end up being some self-entitled SJW tumblr turd.

Junebug
Community Member
6 years ago

I cannot believe you would say such a thing. You are living in a society of millennials. Deal with it. Also, it's spelled "racist".

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Emma B
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

As an American living abroad let me tell you something you may not be aware of: This culture of suing someone the moment they do something you don't like - the rest of the world just shake their heads and roll their eyes. Also, here's an unpopular idea: maybe showcasing that you sincerely believe that an omnipotent invisible being has created the universe and everything in it, including humans (in his own image), yet he strangely thinks half of these humans should not leave the house without something to hide a certain part of their head (because reasons), maybe, just maybe, that is a little unprofessional. It's like running around with a red cape all day because you really need people to know that you believe Superman is real. Maybe that makes you look a little crazy to the rest of the world. Maybe that's not something your boss wants in her business. After all, it is HER business, and you are free to leave.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
6 years ago

"No cultural headwraps" is a major discrimination lawsuit just waiting to happen. That boss has some sort of personal or racist vendetta going on. Either that or she is just a control freak.

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

Unequal Opportunity / Dissenting Action Employer

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago

DRESS CODE is very simple: Just keep your clothes on. Apparently your boss has never been to Wal-Mart (lol j/k)

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

Blaming the boss is perfect, and so is filing a harrassment complaint. Obviously, something is going wrong in that department. The cosplay, however creative it is and however cool these costumes look, is a clear escalation and provocation. A bit like "look what I think of your stupid rules, I stick to same and still pester you". It makes it questionable whether mutually solving a bad workplace atmosphere is really sought. The "don't mess with cosplay" says it all. A workplace is no place to mess with each other, neither upwards nor downwards the hierarchy ladder.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

I can see your point. She's totally in her rights but that's doesn't make it the best way of action

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Wendy
Community Member
6 years ago

First off, I think she looked fine in her original outfit. While I'm not sure I would escalate the situation wearing cos-play, I think it's awfully rich for the boss to be asking for "professional" attire in a work place that is clearly relaxed. Look at her cubical (apparently no complaints?) and those around. There is a tissue paper banner hanging up in plain view. This isn't some law office than needs to showcase decorum. In short, a company shouldn't have a office so casual and expect employees to dress up corporate style.

Crystal Rose
Community Member
6 years ago

You are beautiful. You looked very professional and lovely in your head wrap! I hope your boss has learned to not be a such a tight wad.

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 years ago

Brava!! There was nothing unprofessional about her original outfit, and her work-around is brilliant. The only unprofessional thing I noticed was the boss's apparent discriminatory stand.

Ste Parkinson
Community Member
6 years ago

Clearly that boss shouldn't be a boss!

Joseph A. Langley
Community Member
6 years ago

We don't know the rules on hats though. That makes a huge difference. "The new dress code never said anything about blonde wigs or contact lenses..." But it does mention cleavage. I would like to point out the sleeveless shirt in the background of the original photo. I can guess what's really going on. They probably mutually hate each other and do things to try to make the other mad. It's pretty common in office settings... well, in any work setting now.

Charlie Riley
Community Member
6 years ago

The cleavage comment is discrimination based on sex, which is a serious violation of a lot of things, unless Boss means "butt cleavage," in which case I'd agree.

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Christian Hill
Community Member
6 years ago

Ahhh, the old juvenile response. My kids grew out of that.

António Lima
Community Member
6 years ago

Who's the boss in that enterprise then?

Edie Henning Wall
Community Member
6 years ago

Lots of pateints who have chemo "therapy" poisoning loose hair and wear headwraps. Would this psycho boss really deny someone wiht cancer?????

Janese Alston
Community Member
6 years ago

there's always a way around the rules. you go girl

d bradley
Community Member
6 years ago

My initial reaction was "just quit." But after seeing your creative reaction to boss's stupidity I think you win!

Anthony O'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

Note to the employer - Sack the boss, promote June.

Roland Lauridsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Xlent @JuneJRivas U are a Rebel

Wendy Ching
Community Member
6 years ago

I like the stick it to the boss idea but Im surprised she still has a job, dressed so unprofessionally in costume.

Ana T.
Community Member
6 years ago

Genius

Brenda Lakey
Community Member
6 years ago

HAAA Good for You Hope you Win Harassment Suit n Boss get reprimanded !!!

Nicholas Blackmore
Community Member
4 years ago

I think that boss must be jealous. The headscarf and outfit that day look just fine to me. You are a very beautiful lady and all of the outfits you wore look great, very fresh and clean. Clearly the boss needs taking away and thrashing with some nettles until they cheer up. Or at least lighten up. What a grim world they must live in! I hope you escape to somewhere that is less deliberately-miserable soon!

Travis Allee
Community Member
4 years ago

It's his company. Why can't he tell them what he wants them to wear? I have to wear a uniform and no beard at fire dept. Is that racist?

Annabelle Johnson
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely PERFECT way to get back at your boss! Great job, Rivas!

Mike Kister
Community Member
5 years ago

Talk about uber cool, she is rocking that dress code ^_^

Carol Taylor
Community Member
6 years ago

'No Cultural Head wraps" hmm, so l suppose a Muslim woman would not be allowed to wear he had-jib..

Misty Pal
Community Member
6 years ago

this was Great ???? u r awesome lady ????????????

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
6 years ago

Right On Sista!

Heather Fowler
Community Member
6 years ago

She's absolutely right here, and GO geek girl! Her boss needs a serious slap in her bank account.

Gay Johnson
Community Member
6 years ago

I love her effort to "stick it to the whatever" but I have no idea what Cosplayers are - it sucks to be so out of touch...:)

NoliBelle
Community Member
6 years ago

You are clearly on the internet... what's stopping you from using a search engine?

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Christine Musal
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this, good for her!

Rism
Community Member
6 years ago

You go girl !!!!! :D

Anthony O'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

Note to the employer - Sack the boss, promote June.

Andreas Pedersen
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree with the boss..

Willem-jan Ceelen
Community Member
6 years ago

she wants to get rid of you

S. Kay McGue
Community Member
6 years ago

Love the Emma Frost with a backup corset t-shirt underneath.

Janet Silver
Community Member
6 years ago

This won't be popular. I'm old school. I don't think what we wear should be more important than our careers. Creating conflict at work gets attention.....but is it good for her in the long run?

Nagako Kudo
Community Member
6 years ago

COOL

Todd Alquist
Community Member
6 years ago

needs some attention i guess maybe a new job?

jay swanon
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah I work there. So here's an idea of the sort of stuff I saw at work before we got a "dress code" . I can't speak personally as to whether or not June was personally told to remove her scarf, but the idea that this was somehow race related is absolutely absurd considering our LOA is an African American woman. I can however say there are a lot of attention seeking drama queens in our office. HOT-Sexy-T...4c2221.jpg HOT-Sexy-Transparent-Women-Long-Flare-font-b-Pants-b-font-Sexy-Hips-font-b-See-57bcfb44c2221.jpg

John
Community Member
6 years ago

So, she was promptly fired then? Right? Like, yeah the whole screw-you to the boss sounds like fun and all, but she's still your boss. That's the joy of open employment laws - you can't be forced to work, but they aren't forced to keep insubordinate employees. Side note - yes, the rule is ridiculous and certainly warrants fighting. But being pointedly unprofessional isn't really the way to do it.

Hans Santoso
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, as a fresh graduate, i must say that if this is actually true, she is very immature. Her action doesn't show that she even value her "Cultural Head Wraps" that much. If i was her boss, i will fire her the first time she's cosplaying. Looking Proffesional is a must in workplace. Quit your bitching, and stop with all "standing up to people". This is just immature.

that_motovlogger_fan_guy_for_ever
Community Member
6 years ago

If its unprofessional get over it, this world is fucking ruined because everyone needs to get butthurt over anything, grow the fuck up

Victoria Swift
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Oh yes, the "I'm above the rules and policies of this workplace because I'm a special snowflake" passive agreesive employee. Just do your work. If you don't agree with the policy leave. The company is not there for you, you are there for them- that's why they pay you. There are 100 people behind you who would happily take your place.

Junebug
Community Member
6 years ago

That's not at all true. Maybe she couldn't find another job. Also, the company should definitely support the employees in return...

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Cesi Baca
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

There are some really pretty head wraps out there. What this woman has on in the picture is a cheap common scarf & it does look unprofessional. Pigtails on an adult woman yeah unprofessional. Don't get what's wrong w/ the ponytail though. It was the companies fault for not defining a dress code. Now that they have a clear dresscode, if she still doesn't like her job situation then she should prepare to find another one. That's what millions of people do when they don't like there job, not come to work in costumes like a rebellious child. This woman looks like an idiot.

inlarktwo_1
Community Member
6 years ago

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I'd get rid of your ass ASAP the next time you mess up at work ! Your Not a company person or a team player.(As anyone can see by your childish behavior).It IS obvious you are NOT professional by your actions ! I guess you didn't get your rebellion out of your system when you were a teenager .

Ashley Steidl
Community Member
6 years ago

But it's perfectly fine for the boss to not allow "cultural head wraps?" Sorry, but that's blatant discrimination. And "not a team player" or "NOT professional?" How did you come to decide that these two statements are correct? Because from what I can see in the original picture, she is dressed very professionally (unless you are docking her for the open toed shoes, in which case, grow up) and there is no evidence pointing towards her not being a team player (pretty sure you just threw that in to make yourself sound better, but it didn't work).

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NoliBelle
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

The head scarf IS unprofessional. So she comes to work looking even more unprofessional? You millennials and your inflated sense of entitlement. That doesn't make her employer "rasis". It means she needs to respect her workplace and her employer. This is why we should never have outlawed corporal punishment. It's clear now that it's necessary to beat common sense into some people when they're young or they'll just end up being some self-entitled SJW tumblr turd.

Junebug
Community Member
6 years ago

I cannot believe you would say such a thing. You are living in a society of millennials. Deal with it. Also, it's spelled "racist".

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Emma B
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

As an American living abroad let me tell you something you may not be aware of: This culture of suing someone the moment they do something you don't like - the rest of the world just shake their heads and roll their eyes. Also, here's an unpopular idea: maybe showcasing that you sincerely believe that an omnipotent invisible being has created the universe and everything in it, including humans (in his own image), yet he strangely thinks half of these humans should not leave the house without something to hide a certain part of their head (because reasons), maybe, just maybe, that is a little unprofessional. It's like running around with a red cape all day because you really need people to know that you believe Superman is real. Maybe that makes you look a little crazy to the rest of the world. Maybe that's not something your boss wants in her business. After all, it is HER business, and you are free to leave.

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