Too Sexy for Citibank?
Debrahlee Lorenzana claims she was fired from Citibank for being too sexy.
A Latina lovely says her bosses at Citigroup canned her for flaunting her ample assets at a midtown bank.
Dangerously curvy Debrahlee Lorenzana contends her ex-bosses at Citibank in the Chrysler Building banned her from wearing sexy outfits or heels deemed “too distracting” for male coworkers.
“I can’t help it that I have curves,” Lorenzana told the Daily News. “And I’m not going to go eat and gain 50 or 100 pounds because my job wants me to be the same size as everyone else.”
The 33-year-old Queens woman filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming she was ordered to lay off turtlenecks, pencil skirts and fitted suits because clingy clothes were drawing too much attention in the workplace.
“Debrahlee Lorenzana would be very attractive in a burka,” said her lawyer Jack Tuckner, of Tuckner Sipser Weinstock & Sipser.
Lorenzana, who is 5-feet-6 and 125 pounds, defended her fashion choices, saying she never flashed too much skin and dressed professionally, not provocatively. “Never did I ever show cleavage,” the divorced single mom said. “I like fashion, but I always dressed professionally.”
Lorenzana was hired as a business banking officer at Citi’s Chrysler branch in September 2008 and transferred in July 2009 to a Rockefeller Center branch. The suit claims she was moved to an out-of-the-way spot where she couldn’t lure in new clients as retaliation for her complaints about sexual harassment. A month later she was fired.
“All it came down to was, ‘We don’t want to deal with you, because you’re just too good looking,'” Tuckner said.
In a statement, Citigroup said the suit is “without merit,” but declined to discuss Lorenzana’s performance. “Citi is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace,” the statement read.
Lorenzana, who works for another financial institution, said she’s had to face harassment her entire life because of a body that drives men wild. “I get harassed in the supermarket with my son just wearing sweatpants with my hair in a ponytail,” she said. “I can’t help how I look.”
She’s doubtless a very beautiful woman with a nice physique. But methinks something else is going on here: She’s not that hot. Surely, there are hundreds of similarly attractive women in Manhattan who manage to get through the workday on a regular basis.
The Daily News has helpfully posted a photo gallery titled “Debrahlee Lorenzana: Too sexy to work at Citibank?” The pics, entirely safe for work (unless, perhaps, you’re at Citibank) do nothing to dissuade me from my view that she’s below the attractiveness threshold that should shut down the operations of a major corporation.