Woman Fired For Being Too Sexy Calls For State Investigation

Jun. 28 2010, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Debrahlee Lorenzana, the former Citibank employee who says she was fired for being too sexy, is calling for a state investigation into her claims, has learned.

In a news conference held Monday, Lorenzana’s attorney, Gloria Allred, demanded an investigation by the State of New York, calling it the state’s “duty” to look into Debrahlee’s allegations of a violation of state laws.

“Almost immediately, management began making comments about Debrahlee’s appearance and dress,” Allred said. “She was told that she could not wear pencil skirts, turtlenecks, or business suits that showed her ‘figure’ and that her pants were too tight. Debrahlee pointed out to management that her dress was business attire and that she was covered up far more than the tellers in the brance as they serve customers.”

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Debrahlee, 33, began working at Citibank’s Chrysler Center branch as a business banking officer in September, 2008. The Latin beauty maintains that she never flaunted her ample curves and always complied with the company’s dress code.

“I was a target to them,” she said. “There were days I didn’t want to go to work. Many times, I had to step out of the office to cry because of the unfairness of what was going on.”

Gloria Allred

Debrahlee said the worst part of her ordeal was the worry she felt over how she was going to support her son.

“The worst feeling was knowing that HR was not there to help me, but to help Citibank set me up for failure,” she said. “Many nights I couldn’t sleep worrying about the what if, and how I was going to support my son. For my son I had to be strong and told myself it was just one more day and I need to take it one day at a time.”

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“In a statement to, Citibank said, 'Unlike Ms. Lorenzana, Citibank does not intend to try this case in the media and we reiterate that her termination was based on poor performance.  Although we can't speak to her previous attention-seeking activities, her current attempts to gain personal publicity are as transparent as her legal claims. We remain confident that when all of the facts and documentation are presented, the claim will be dismissed.”



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