UPDATE:Yeah, I was right. Not only a ‘modeling’ job, but her goal is to be a Playboy Playmate.
What ‘cha think?
Having worked with women in the fashion industry and in television, I tend to bet a bit skeptical about her story. Citi wouldn’t hire her, train her, and then fire her…too expensive. And they’re too large of a company to not ‘cover their tracks’ if they DID fire her for dressing provocative. So I tend to think that she’s trying to get media attention and some sort of “modeling” job. Especially after I read some of her comments… especially that last one. Then, she does a photo shoot for a gallery of pics?
Full story here and below.
First, the video:
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.”