Energy company Consolidated Edison had originally hired Samantha Chirichella in March, as a staff investigator in the legal services department.

Samantha Chirichella was due to start a £47,000-a-year job as a staff investigator in the legal services department of an energy company Consolidated Edison , but she was dropped from the after a background check flagged ‘erotic’ lesbian pictures she had posted on her Instagram.

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The offending image was taken three years ago and featured Ms Chirichella and another woman lying down and kissing each other’s nipples.

The company had initially defended the decision despite legal threats – but after the story went viral online, it has “rethought” its stance and decided to hire Ms Chirichella.

According to the New York Daily News, her lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, said,

The work was no more sexually explicit that the works of DaVinci, Titian or Michaelangelo, and less explicit that photos published in Sports Illustrated,”

The change of heart from Con Ed came after “a rush of media interest” in the case.

He added:

We appreciate Con Edison’s rapid resolution of this dispute and the sensitivity of the posting and its frank discussion of homosexuality.

Ms. Chirichella is a smart, capable woman, whose father is a ‘lifer’ at Con Edison and they will not regret this decision.”