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Jessica-Joan Richards

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Woman details harrowing workplace body-shaming incident: ‘This person took away my confidence’

Jessica-Joan Richards, a 28-year-old marketing manager at ABL Recruitment, logged in to her LinkedIn account in early July to upload something she never thought she would share on the professional networking platform — her profile picture.In a now-viral post, Richards, who was born in the Philippines before moving to the U.K. with her family when she was 7, explained that following a body-shaming incident at a previous place of employment, she decided to delete her LinkedIn photo, in fear that her weight may ward off other professional opportunities.“I had a previous senior leader say that I was too fat for my job & that I needed to lose weight,” Richards wrote. “Whether true or not, this statement really affected me, so much so that I stopped allowing my photo...