Debralee Lorenzana was wrongly fired for being too hot for Citibank. Debrahlee Lorenzana, formerly employed by Citibank in the Chrysler building in NYC, recently filed a suit against Citibank. Court documents reveal Citibank fired Lorenzana "for being too hot." Lorenzana reported the details to Village Voice stating:"Where I'm from, women dress up-like put on makeup and do their nails-to go to the supermarket. I was raised very Latin. We're feminine. A woman in Puerto Rico takes care of herself."
Lorenzana is a stunning, voluptuous Latina woman who stands 5'5 and weighs 125 pounds with dark eyes and medium length, dark hair. Lorenzana's boss allegedly said that "as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly 'too distracting' for her male colleagues and supervisors to bear." Details of the lawsuit against Citibank for "creating a sexually discriminating environment" were shared with the Village Voice. Turtlenecks, pencil skirts, three inch heels, and fitted suits were included on a list of clothing deemed inappropriate by Lorenzana's male managers. Additionally, Lorenzana received several warnings regarding certain articles of clothing, including pants that were "too tight" despite other female co-workers dressing more provocatively than she. Lorenzana snapped photos of the other female co-workers to prove her case. Numerous emails and supporting documents also support Lorenzana's claims. An email sent by a HR representative warned: "As a result of her tall stature, coupled with her curvaceous figure, 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 expressed her disbelief to the Village Voice as well. She stated: "I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I said 'You gotta be kidding me.' I was like 'too distracting? For who? For you? You?' My clients didn't seem to have any problem." Lorenzana also added: "If it wasn't my shirt, it was my pants. If it wasn't my pants, it was my shoes. They picked on me every single day."
A Citibank press release representative addressed Lorenzana's lawsuit by issuing this statement: "We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously. We respect the privacy of all of our employees and therefore cannot comment more specifically on this litigation, this former employee's overall performance, or the reasons for her termination - which an arbitration panel must resolve. Citi is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace. We have a strong commitment to diversity and we do not condone, or tolerate, discrimination within our business for any reason."