Is there such a thing as being too hot? That’s what one woman claims in a newly-filed lawsuit in New York.
Citibank employee Debrahlee Lorenzana claims that, although she tried to dress professionally, her supervisors and colleagues still found her “too hot” and therefore the company fired her.
“Everything I wore was professional, things everybody wears in corporate America,” Lorenzana, 33, told The New York Post yesterday. “The way they looked at what I wore was very disappointing.”
According to her lawsuit, “shortly after the commencement of her employment, branch manager Craig Fisher and assistant branch manager Peter Claibourne began articulating inappropriate and sexist comments concerning plaintiff’s clothing and appearance.”
She was instructed to “refrain from wearing certain items of clothing, in particular, turtleneck tops, pencil skirts, fitted business suits, or other properly tailored clothing,” the suit continues.
“In blatantly discriminatory fashion, plaintiff was advised that as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly ‘too distracting’ for her male colleagues and supervisors to bear.”
Lorenzana argued that “other female colleagues wore similar professional attire” and that a few of them even dressed in sexier clothing that she did.
Her bosses replied that those people didn’t have to worry about being too sexy “as their general unattractiveness rendered moot their sartorial choices, unlike plaintiff,” the lawsuit claims.
Get this…Lorenzana was told that “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.”
“She was punished because her male bosses couldn’t handle their libidos,” says Lorenzana’s attorney, Jack Tuckner.
If you only read this much of the story, you would have to side with the sexy brunette from Queens, however, this is where things get a little iffy.
After filing a formal complaint in May of last year, she was finally transferred in July. She says that things weren’t any better at the next office, where she was eventually reprimanded for not bringing in enough new clients. She was then fired in August.
So what do you think? Was she fired because she was “too hot” or was she simply not doing her job (bringing in new customers)?
Tough call. Glad I’m not the judge on this one.
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