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July 05, 2001

A former government official in New Zealand claims she lost her job because she wears short skirts and big earrings.

One result: New Zealanders were bombarded on Thursday with e-mails urging women to wear short skirts and big earrings, in a show of support.

Christine Rankin, who headed the government's largest department, which hands out $5.3 billion in welfare payments a year, is claiming $333,000 compensation after her employment contract was not renewed.

Rankin told the country's Employment Court this week senior government officials and ministers advised her to tone down her clothes and shop at chain stores instead of wearing dangling earrings, high heels, and power suits ending above the knee.

Government witnesses dispute that, saying Rankin's performance on policy issues fell short of the required standard. But Rankin says her department met its targets.

One e-mail message invited women to demonstrate in the capital Wellington on Friday to "show the sexist men of this country that we will not tolerate their oppression."

Source: Reuters.

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