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EXCLUSIVE: Woman Fired For Being Too Hot Hires Gloria Allred

Jun. 14 2010, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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A woman fired for being too attractive has now hired Gloria Allred, has learned exclusively.

Debrahlee Lorenzana is suing CitiBank in a dispute centered on her appearance.

She claims her bosses told her that her clothes were too distracting for her male colleagues.

Allred has taken over the case, replacing Lorenzana’s previous lawyer.

Allred issued this statement: “Debrahlee Lorenzana has been unfairly and viciously attacked in the media for having the courage to step forward and take a stand against blatant sex discrimination and retaliation because she complained about the sex discrimination that she was forced to suffer.

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“We feel very confident about her legal claims, and we have agreed to represent her because she deserves to be able to wage the most effective and vigorous legal battle possible.

“No woman who files a sex discrimination claim against a large corporation deserves to be ridiculed and attacked in the way that Debrahlee Lorenzana has been by media pundits. 

“We intend to stand up for her rights and we are confident that justice will prevail.”

Gloria Allred

Lorenzana is 5-foot-5 and 125 pounds. She previously told the Village Voice: “I was raised very Latin. We're feminine. A woman in Puerto Rico takes care of herself."

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But she says her managers gave her a list of clothing NOT to wear, including turtlenecks, fitted suits, 3-inch heels and certain types of skirts.

Now it looks like she’ll get the chance to wear whatever she wants in the courtroom.

Lorenzana released this statement Monday:  “I retained Gloria Allred because I wanted the best person to represent me. Ms. Allred has been practicing law for 35 years. She and her law firm have won many victories for women in employment discrimination cases. I am thankful that she has accepted my case and has agreed to represent me."



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