Here is one for the books. After being unemployed (my last company closed due to the credit crash) for 3 months I interview for (4 times), and got a great job...so I thought. First week in, I knew there was an issue. On my first day of work my new boss wanted to welcome me with, what else, a pizza party. I thanked her, but mentioned that I packed my lunch. I would totally hang out with everyone and gnaw on my chicken whilst they ate pizza. Cue funny looks.
Two days later at a conference, I turn down the pasta and grab my big ass salad. Again with the looks. Fast forward a day and I get pulled into the bosses office. My hair is inappropriate and I must get it cut (I have a very short haircut which is (was) a very small stylish mohawk, which I had when I interviewd by the way. Ok, suck it up jobs are hard to come by. I cut my hair. Then, the next day I am told that my style of dress isn't conservative enough. I wore a dress with a denim jacket. My boss, this same day, wore a dress with a cardigan sweater. For my particular job arena, I was the number one producer in the company. This woman wouldn't even give me a chance to see what I can do. She only wanted to "see" someone that fit the mold.
What it comes down to is this, it is becoming far more acceptable in society to be an unhealthy slob than it is to be fit. No one wants you to be the mirror to their unhealthy habits. I cannot come into work stylishly and tastefully dressed with an edgy haircut, but she can come into work in stretchy pants and Franco-American stains on her shirt?
I want to start a company with Sassafrass, Diana, and FlyNavyWife!