A young woman recently took to Reddit to ask for opinions about whether she should have to shave her legs for work after her boss called her out for hygiene issues. This is her full story.
OP is a 21-year-old woman who works for a promotion company.
Lots of Traveling
She travels a lot for her job, and works at events and festivals representing her company.
Just a Quick Stopover
She’s not in the office a lot due to the nature of her job.
Popped in to Say Hi
But recently, she went in to grab some materials for her next road gig and popped in to say hi to her boss before she left again.
He Had Something to Talk About
She noticed right away that he was acting sort of awkward and quiet, and then he asked her to come in so they could talk about something.
He shut the door behind her, which gave her that sinking feeling you get when you know you’re in trouble.
There Had Been Complaints
The boss stammered around but finally got around to telling her what was on his mind.
It seems he had been getting some complaints from clients and co-workers about her hygiene.
Her Legs Broke the Rules
He wasn’t specific, but when she pressed him for details, he said people were upset that she didn’t shave her legs.
He even said it went against company policy, which was a new one to OP.
She Doesn’t Need to Shave
OP goes on to explain in her post that she rarely shaves her legs because it’s a hassle and because she has very little body hair anywhere, including her legs.
She even says her eyebrows are barely visible.
It’s Only for Special Occasions
About the only time she shaves her legs on a regular basis is when she’s starting up a new relationship.
And at the time of the post, she had been dating her current boyfriend for three years.
He Loves Her This Way
He’s fine with her “hairy” legs, and so she doesn’t see a reason to waste her time on needless grooming.
It’s Her Choice
But besides having good reasons for not wanting or needing to shave her legs, she thinks that it should be her choice, anyway. So she turned the tables on her boss.
She Hit Back Hard
“Do you shave your legs?” she asked him. He couldn’t even form an answer, and they just sat there in silence.
She Was Done With It
After a while, when she couldn’t stand it any longer, OP told her boss that if he wanted to continue talking about her hairy legs, she’d prefer to have someone from HR present.
Her boss told her that there was nothing more to discuss on the topic and told her she could go.
But They Weren’t Done With Her
Later that same day, OP got an email from HR telling her that they wanted to meet with her the following week to continue the discussion about her hygiene.
That freaked her out and sent her to Reddit to present the facts and ask for opinions.
He’s Not a Bad Guy
OP makes it clear in her post that she doesn’t hold the conversation against her boss or think he was acting in a sexist way. At least not on his own.
She thinks he was getting some sort of pressure from above, though she doesn’t have any proof of that.
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