Debralee 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?