Curvaceous, Beautiful Woman Fired for Looks

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Debrahlee LorenzanoDebralee Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mother from Queens, New York, alleges that her employer -- Citibank -- fired her because she was "too good looking."

It is a salacious story that is bound to make headlines because:

1) Sex sells.

2) She is a knock-out.

According to Business Insider:

"Her bosses told her that as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly 'too distracting' for her male colleagues and supervisors to bear, she says.

"[Her two male] managers gave her a list of clothing items she would not be allowed to wear: Turtlenecks, pencil skirts, and fitted suits. And three-inch heels."

The real question, of course: Is it true?

Google her name and troll around the Internet a bit and you will see she is definitely milking this. But she is stunning, there can be no doubt about that. And I am the first to say, men become drooling idiots around large breasts (most men, anyway).

When I was in high school, I once had a friend's dad tell her "never to trust a woman with big boobs." Stay classy, right?

And she told ME this. Her friend with, um, shall we say, ample assets of my own.

I grew up with the idea that I could not wear clothing other girls wore because it would be "too much" or I would look vulgar. But my friend with 34B's? She could wear dresses cut to her navel and skimpy bikinis and no one would care.

I say all this because I do think at least part of what Lorenzana says is true. At least the part about wearing sweatpants at the grocery store and still getting harassed. Of course, I'm not sure about the Citibank claims, but I do believe that there isn't much she could wear that would stop men from noticing what she looks like. I mean, really, turtlenecks? Come on? Do women need to bind their breasts to keep their jobs now?

Of course, all of this does make me wonder if she isn't doing this for publicity, as I see a very lucrative offer from Playboy in her future.

If she's telling the truth, I commend her for coming forward. Men are going to look at her photos and think: Yep, she's hot. And women are going to say she's high on herself (I wonder if people here will say that, too). But I think looks discrimination goes both ways. Would you be surprised that an obese person was fired for being obese? Angry, maybe. But surprised? I doubt it.

So why can't we believe this, too?

What do you think? Is she telling the truth?

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LoriA... LoriAnn87

I agree with you if she is telling the truth about those men then it's great she came forward but if she is lying and only doing this to get attention she is wrong but to me I don't think she is all that pretty. I get my nails done all of the time but I don't dress up or put makeup on just to go food shopping someone who does and is single is looking for someone to notice them. The first picture of her showing her boobs that top should not be worn at a work place and the second pic of her cover up is right for the type of job she does.

lovin... lovinangels

Unless the clothing she was wearing was specifically prohibited by a uniform policy, she's got a case.

29again 29again

Going solely on the article, it sounds as if her two male managers had a problem, not her.  And, a dress code is a code that applies to everyone employed there.  If ONE woman can wear a turtleneck and a pencil skirt, they ALL can.  I am of the opinion that she has a case.

madfoot madfoot

I've had managers say things like that. In fact, I know someone who was told something similar at a supposedly women-centered feminist workplace. People are just fucking stupid neanderthals. Newsflash.

AelenaA AelenaA

This is so ttypical of a man to be threatned by a women. Didn't hear anything about being beautiful was something against the law. They were just thirsty.

nonmember avatar Cara

I worked for a general contractor, and many of us had to go onto construction sites to meet with the subs. One of my co-workers (who never worked in construction - she got her bachelors in women's studies) dressed in see-through dresses where you could see her thong and wore high heels. My boss begged me to speak with her about her attire because he was afraid that she'd sue for sexual harassment if he brought it up to her. I had the uncomfortable and unwelcome job of telling her that she needed to cover up. She started crying, then yelled at me for being jealous of her looks.  It's one thing to be attractive, it's another thing to have common sense.  She dressed like she was working in a nightclub, not in a professional office. 

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

I've followed this story and she said that other women who worked there wore more revealing clothes than her and there were no talks or firings for them.


I believe her. People are idiots.

ZandC... ZandCsmom

I can't believe this is news.  I think someone wanted their 15 minutes of fame.

mommy... mommyziegler

i guess being beautiful is against the law now....she definitely has a case imo and she needs to go after them!

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