Is This Woman Too Pretty To Work?

Laura Fernee
Laura Fernee

People love to hate on beautiful women (see: Anne Hathaway). But they really, really love to hate on women who claim their beauty is a curse.

Lately a steady number of women have come forward claiming their bosses and co-workers punished them for being "too hot," and are swiftly skewered by a skeptical public. Introducing the latest hate-bait: Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old academic, who claims that she hasn't worked for two years because the harassment that her looks provoked at her last office left her "quite traumatized."

Fernee, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, told the British network ITV that for two years at her research job men would make her feel uncomfortable, and women would ostracize her. The cumulative effect of it all left her "afraid" to go to work in the morning. So she quit.