A Woman’s Boss Called Her Headscarf ‘Unprofessional’ So She Showed Up To Work In Cosplay

We’ve seen plenty of awesome protests calling out the ridiculous (and wildly sexist) principles behind school dress codes, but what about office dress codes? It’s one thing to try and boss around a bunch of minors while you still can, but telling GROWN ASS adults how to dress ‘professionally’ really has the potential to be problematic.

Thankfully, one badass Chicago woman came up with the best retaliation when her boss implemented an unreasonable and incredibly discriminatory dress code.

And she saved some photographic evidence for our viewing pleasure.

June Rivas’ boss told her that the way she wore her hair in a ponytail and headscarf was ‘unprofessional.’

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Do we even need to get into the implications of calling headscarves ‘unprofessional?’ In case anyone needed a hint: racism. Not to mention that Rivas’ boss couldn’t be more wrong about her look. The outfit perfectly complies with office guidelines. “Our contract states ‘No dress code. Just be clean and pressed,'” Rivas wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend.

Understandably, she filed a harassment complaint. Her boss, however, responded by introducing a new dress code banning headscarves in the office.

Do we even need to get into the implications of calling headscarves ‘unprofessional?’ In case anyone needed a hint: racism. Not to mention that Rivas’ boss couldn’t be more wrong about her look. The outfit perfectly complies with office guidelines. “Our contract states ‘No dress code. Just be clean and pressed,'” Rivas wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend.

Understandably, she filed a harassment complaint. Her boss, however, responded by introducing a new dress code banning headscarves in the office. 

“To counter, she issued a brand new memo,” Rivas wrote. “We now have a dress code. No any of above plus no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and even (and I quote) ‘cultural head wraps.'”

…Yeah, the boss is in for a whole world of discrimination lawsuits.

Rivas reported her boss to The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but as her own personal form of protest, she decided to follow the new guidelines— in her own way, of course. 

Rivas shared her story on Facebook, along with photos of her new work attire: cosplay costumes.

“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. “Hey, this is ME we’re talking about here.” And Rivas ended her post with the most real hashtag of the century:#NeverPissOffCosplayingScorpios.

The dress code never said anything about colored contacts and blonde wigs.

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You’ll notice the lack of head scarf.

Perhaps the boss could have been more specific. 

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The Internet has found its new hero— Rivas’ epic takedown of the office dress code has been shared over 20,000 times. 

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And everyone knows her boss is #done. 

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And the best part? Now her boss has to deal with all the ensuing office chaos.

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Rivas said it herself: never mess with cosplayers. (h/t metro)

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