A woman said she was fired from work by human resources because her office attire was too “revealing”. Now the internet has defended the worker saying the HR worker was ‘jealous’ of her outfit.
Marie Dee, who goes by @notmariedee on TikTok, recently posted a video of the human rights abuse that allegedly led to her being sent home. In the TikTok video, which has over 27 million views, the 28-year-old wears a black short-sleeved midi bodycon dress.
“Guys, it happened again. I’m being sent home for my outfit,” the text overlay reads. “This time the HR girl approached me. I’m about to ask her .
As she films herself in front of the HR rep, we hear the specialist say, “I’m sorry, you still can’t wear that. It’s far too revealing and distracting.
“Is it entertaining?” Marie asked, to which the HR rep replied, “Very.”
TikTok users were shocked that Marie’s simple black outfit was deemed too revealing and took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the alleged dress code violation.
“You are beautiful !” one person wrote.
“Looks like regular corporate attire to me,” someone else said.
“I’m a human resources manager and I think your attire is professional and neat!” said a third user.
A number of TikTokers also believed that the HR employee was simply “jealous” of Marie’s outfit and sent her home in retaliation.
“Please. You look gorgeous, sounds like jealousy,” one person wrote.
“I think she’s jealous. You are beautiful and completely professional,” another user said.
Talk to The Independent, Marie explained that her colleague “constantly” commented on her outfits before filming the incident for TikTok. Initially, Marie said she was both shocked but also amused when the HR representative called her dress unprofessional.
“I’m used to getting criticism so I argued with her every time. At the end of the day, it’s my family’s business and her comments don’t affect me because I have the support from everyone in the office,” she told us.
However, Marie said she was “surprised” to see so much support in the comments section, given that she’s used to people criticizing her outfits or appearance. “The support in the video was a very pleasant surprise!” she says.
Following the incident, Marie posted a second video, in which she tested the theory that the HR employee was jealous. To do this, she wore a different dress and presented it to the male HR representative in the office.
“Let’s test the jealousy theory,” she said in the follow-up video, as she donned a neon green bodycon dress with a low-cut neckline. “I’m going to wear something ridiculous and we’re going to try and get approval from the human resources rep who’s here today, who’s male.”
The male HR representative reacted positively to Marie’s outfit and even encouraged her to take a walk. While some TikTokers have always defended Marie, others have suggested that the whole incident was staged, due to the unprofessional response from the HR manager.
“He’s definitely not HR with an answer like that,” one person wrote.
“Okay, I feel like this must definitely be a joke,” another user said. “The last one was crazy but THAT. If not, then HR is the problem.
“As an HR professional, I worry about your HR team,” someone else said.
Much of Marie’s TikTok page is dedicated to fun work-related content, leading many to believe the alleged HR breach was fake.
“I absolutely fell for it,” one commenter said. “LOL”.