Woman Claims Citibank Fired Her for Being Sexy
In an age when good physical appearance is an unwritten “requirement” for employment, a former bank employee is suing a banking giant for allegedly kicking her out for being sexy. Debralee Lorenzana claimed in a suit she filed against Citibank that she was fired from her job as a business banker for being “too distracting” to her male colleagues.
Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mom, said Citibank management prohibited her from wearing pencil skirts, turtlenecks, and tight-fitting business suits–the same things her female colleagues were wearing–because her “shapeliness” upset male employees at the bank’s branch inside the Chrysler building in New York.
Lorenzana said she was given targets that were impossible to meet after she brought the issue to the bank’s human resource department. Citibank said she was fired for failing to meet her quotas. Lorenzana’s lawyer, Jack Turner, said the case is essentially gender discrimination. “It was about her being too good looking for us to bother to contain ourselves.”