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Playboy "Hot Housewife" Jessica Zelinske Sues Ex-Boss Who Fired Her For Posing Nude

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When Jessica Zelinske, a 33-year-old mom from Kasson, Minn., appeared on the cover of Playboy’s “Hot Housewives” issue, under the tag line, “Naughty Moms and Sexy Wives All Nude!” she thought her boss at her day job was fine with it.

As soon as she got back to work after the mostly au naturel photo session in September of 2011, her boss fired her from her $18,000 per year job on the spot. As an account executive with the cable company Charter Communications, she made commissions on top of her small salary.  

Now she has filed a lawsuit asking the company to pay her $150,000 in damages for legal fees, lost wages and emotional distress caused by her firing.

Zelinske, who has a nine-year old daughter, has posed for risqué publications before. In 2006 she posed for Maxim magazine. She has also done local modeling work. When the Playboy issue appeared, she told a local newspaper that she has "always had the confidence to do crazy things like this."

That is, posing in the nude for a nationwide readership.

In the lawsuit, Zelinske says that she was up front with her employers when she took time off work to attend a Playboy casting call for the “Hot Housewives” issue held in Chicago, where she was picked over 418 other women to appear in the magazine.

She says in the suit that her boss Timothy McBeain gave her the thumbs-up and promised her that her job would not be in danger, even if she ended up appearing sans clothing in the magazine.  

When she got back, she was handed a notice of “corrective action,” informing her that her appearance in the magazine violated “common decency” as well as “Charter’s professional conduct policy by making the personal choice to pose nude in a well-known publication.”

In court filings, Charter says that McBeain, who is named as a defendant in the suit, never made any promises about her job security and that Zelinske never told her superiors that she intended to pose nude, given the opportunity.

In the suit, Zelinske calls the company’s conduct, “extreme and outrageous” and says that her bosses intentionally caused her to suffer emotionally.

Zelinske has never been married so technically she is not a “Hot Housewife.” But she earlier told the Post Bulletin newspaper that she was pleased with the label “Hot Mama.”

"My daughter is my whole world," she said. "I like the fact I am a mom. I do not hide that."

SOURCES: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, KAAL-TV, PostBulletin.com (2)