My male bosses told me to dress conservatively so I could be ‘taken seriously’ – so I got the ultimate revenge | The Sun

A LAWYER has been dubbed the “real life Elle Woods” after forming her own pink law firm.

In a TikTok video that has been viewed over 4.3 million times, US immigration attorney Kathleen Martinez, shares how sexism in the workplace led to her quitting and forming her own law firm.

She says that throughout her early career she found herself working for male attorneys, who would constantly tell her she needed to dress “more conservatively” in order to be taken seriously.

In another video she shares that even as recently as June she was told by a judicial clerk that her hair wasn’t “lawyerly.”

The sexism Kathleen faced from colleagues and bosses, has led to her forming her own law firm Martinez Immigration, which she describes as an “all female pink empowered law firm.”

She adds that when starting her new firm, many of the clients from the old one actually came with her, Kathleen jokes that she “stole their clients.”

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Encouraging others to be bold with their life and career choices she says: “You must always have faith in people; and most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”

“I know literally nothing about being a lawyer, but I know I trust these ladies 100%” wrote one commenter on a video of Kathleen and some of her team.

Others were quick to compare Kathleen to some iconic characters, with one TikToker writing: “Omg I had a lawyer Barbie and she looked like you.”

“Literally Elle Woods” reads one comment, while another says “not a whole firm of Elle Woods … LOVE this.”

Some commenters also shared their own similar experiences of sexism in the workplace with one adding: 

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“As a lady cop, I’ve noticed that the men are way too focused on female grooming standards even though it doesn’t affect them.”

Another wrote: “I’m so over men who told me, ‘you don’t like a lawyer.’”

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