A Latina lovely says her bosses at Citigroup canned her for flaunting
her ample assets at a midtown bank.
Dangerously curvy Debrahlee Lorenzana contends her ex-bosses at Citibank in the Chrysler Building banned her from wearing sexy outfits or heels deemed "too distracting" for male coworkers.
"I can't help it that I have curves," Lorenzana told the Daily News.
"And I'm not going to go eat and gain 50 or 100 pounds because my job wants me to be the same size as everyone else."
The 33-year-old Queens woman filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming she was ordered to lay off turtlenecks, pencil skirts and fitted suits because clingy clothes were drawing too much attention in the workplace.
"Debrahlee Lorenzana would be very attractive in a burka," said her lawyer Jack Tuckner, of Tuckner Sipser Weinstock & Sipser.
Lorenzana, who is 5-feet-6 and 125 pounds, defended her fashion choices, saying she never flashed too much skin and dressed professionally, not provocatively.
"Never did I ever show cleavage," the divorced single mom said. "I like fashion, but I always dressed professionally."
Lorenzana was hired as a business banking officer at Citi's Chrysler branch in September 2008 and transferred in July 2009 to a Rockefeller Center branch.
The suit claims she was moved to an out-of-the-way spot where she couldn't lure in new clients as retaliation for her complaints about sexual harassment. A month later she was fired.
"All it came down to was, 'We don't want to deal with you, because you're just too good looking,'" Tuckner said.
In a statement, Citigroup said the suit is "without merit," but declined to discuss Lorenzana's performance.
"Citi is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace," the statement read.
Lorenzana, who works for another financial institution, said she's had to face harassment her entire life because of a body that drives men wild.
"I get harassed in the supermarket with my son just wearing sweatpants with my hair in a ponytail," she said. "I can't help how I look."
saw this in chinese newspaper. Poor women who gt sacked.
Boys all like that de. Lastime my sec school teacher is very pretty although she wears conservatively. They boys all guessing her bra cup size after the lesson is over.
Imagine she wears more openly all the boys surely more distracted.
wahhhh good looking also wrong.
erhmmm... maybe hollywood should make her a star. From the pic, she is really gorgeous.
See, it doesn't pay to look too good. So for all you guys who go for good looking girls, chances are they can't hold a steady job, hence they look for your 8k a month wallet.
whoah.. she's hot
some people are just jealous
She'll do well in some man's bed. Why need to work ?
Or if she really wants to work, be a model showing swim suits or porn. I'm sure she'll rake in big bucks. Tons of men will be wanking to her photos and videos. hahaha..
average looking only what..
Debbie Lorenzana—whose mother is Puerto Rican and father is Italian—came to New York from Puerto Rico 12 years ago. She was 21 and pregnant, and had a degree as an emergency medical technician from a technical college in Manatí, a small city on the northern coast. The father, she says, didn't want to have anything to do with her or the baby. So she moved back to the States, where she had lived in her mid-teens (pinballing between relatives' houses and group homes), and took care of her elderly grandparents in Connecticut. After her son was born, she moved to Queens to stay with a friend. Then she got her first job in finance: working as a sales representative at the Municipal Credit Union, in 2002. She moved to Jersey City and worked long hours. She was successful.
"Men are kind of drawn to her," says Tanisha Ritter, a friend and former colleague who also works as a banker and praises Lorenzana's work habits. "I've seen men turn into complete idiots around her. But it's not her fault that they act this way, and it shouldn't be her problem."
"It's like saying," Tuckner argues, "that we can't think anymore 'cause our penises are standing up—and we cannot think about you except in a sexual manner—and we can't look at you without wanting to have sexual intercourse with you. And it's up to you, gorgeous woman, to lessen your appeal so that we can focus!"
haha! Its true that men cant think when their penises are up. Their pea brains dont get enough blood to think properly. haha!
No control from being incapacitated from the arousal. haha!
this woman is very common lor, not very pretty or sexy
really, the standards drop liao
i think maybe the branch is full of guys who long time neber see girls dress like that
the whole point of the lawsuit is to catapult her into stardom. notice how all shots of her released so far are studio shots. from what it seems, it's working.
She should be in showbiz!
Attention Seeking Whore
like our famour angel here