Debrahlee Lorenzana, standing at 5-foot-6, weighing 125 lbs. and with curves in all the right places, can be categorized as your quintessential hottie. However, should she have been fired for her good looks?
According to Citibank, the 33-year-old single mom had a figure that was just too distracting to her male co-workers, so the bank let her go in the summer of 2009. (Her bosses cite low performance standards as the reason for dismissal.) And now Lorenzana is suing Citigroup for indecent disposal.
"Men are kind of drawn to her," Tanisha Ritter, Lorenzana's former colleague and friend, told New York City's Village Voice
. "I've seen [them] turn into complete idiots around her. But it's not her fault that they act this way, and it shouldn't be her problem."
But what's particularly galling is the "racy" attire her supervisors forbade her to wear.
The former business banker said that she was wearing turtlenecks, pencil skirts, suits and heels, which was all kosher according to Citibank's dress code, but were the very garments cited on her personal What Not to Wear list.
"She should not wear classic high-heeled business shoes, as this purportedly drew attention to her body in a manner that was upsetting to her easily distracted male managers," Lorenzana's lawsuit stated.
While she tried to tone down "her look" by going to work with no makeup and keeping her hair naturally curly, as opposed to blow drying it straight, she wound getting reprimanded for that as well.
Lorenzana said her supervisor at the branch gave her such a hard time she was never given the training to do something as simple as opening a checking account. Other allegations: He put her on probation for allegedly bringing in little business, though plenty of employees were apparently getting in line.
After sending several complaints to HR and higher-level executives at Citibank, Lorenzana finally received a transfer, to a telemarketing position. A month later she was dismissed because, the bank alleged, "Lorenzana wasn't fit for the culture of Citibank."
Now that you know the story, it's time to discuss. Can you really
be too hot to work for a bank?
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