Banker Claims She Was Fired for Being ‘Too Sexy’

June 4th, 2010 by admin

A curvy New York City banker has gone public with legal claims that she was harassed and ultimately fired by Citibank for being “too sexy” for her suits.

Debralee Lorenzana, 33, a tall, buxom brunette from Queens, N.Y., claims in a lawsuit she was told by a bank manager that she “must refrain from wearing certain items of clothing, in particular, turtleneck tops, pencil skirts, fitted business suits, or other properly tailored clothing,” the Village Voice reports.

Seems the Latina businesswoman’s killer bod was deemed a total distraction by hot-and-bothered male colleagues as soon as she strutted into Citibank’s Chrysler Building branch in September 2008.

Bank supervisors told Lorenzana she should also refrain from wearing classic high-heeled business pumps as they drew attention to her tall, curvaceous frame. (Guess the bank didn’t get the memo on how dumpy flats can look with a business suit.)

Lorenzana further claims that she got nowhere when she protested that she dressed far less provocatively than some of her female colleagues. The bank allegedly told her those women weren’t a problem because they were not, um, as attractive. Yikes!

“She was punished because her male colleagues couldn’t handle their libidos,” her New York City lawyer, Jack Tuckner, told the New York Post.

Tuckner’s office showed the Village Voice, which first reported her claims this week, photographs of some of Lorenzana’s purported work outfits, including a dark, serious Armani dress she wore to her job interview with Citibank. The looks are all business. That’s not the case, however, with some of the sexier, cleavage-baring shots she did in a photo shoot for the Voice.

After complaining to Citibank’s Human Resources department about how she was being treated, Lorenzana says she was eventually transferred to another branch where her circumstances only got worse. She was dismissed by the bank last summer on grounds that she failed to recruit new customers.

Citibank told the New York newspapers, “We believe the lawsuit is without merit and will defend against it vigorously.”

Sounds like Lorenzana has something in common with the female anchors at Al-Jazeera, who recently quit the news network after they were criticized for wearing non-conservative clothes, makeup, and not covering their hair during broadcasts.


One Response

  1. DDave

    Wish she worked at my bank….WOW!!

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