Accounting for tastes

At some point this year, this site will record its two-millionth visitor, and inasmuch as several thousand folks came by to read the tale of a librarian at Harvard who claimed she was sacked for being too attractive, I’m not above working the same sort of story at a different institution.

Debbie Lorenzana

This is Debbie Lorenzana, who no longer works for Citigroup. Gothamist explains why:

Lorenzana says she was fired from Citigroup last summer after finally getting transferred out of the department where her troubles started. Her job title was business banker, providing services to small businesses. After some time on the job, the managers called her into a meeting and, according to her account, told her, “‘Your pants are too tight.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry, my pants are not too tight! If you want to talk about inappropriate clothes, go downstairs and look at some of the tellers! Some tellers would wear their pants so tight, it was like they had a permanent wedgie.'” But because she signed a mandatory-arbitration clause as a condition of her employment, her harassment case will be settled by an arbitrator, not a judge.

Her suit claims that, “as a result of her tall stature, coupled with her curvaceous figure, she should not wear classic high-heeled business shoes, as this purportedly drew attention to her body in a manner that was upsetting to her easily distracted male managers.”

Males “easily distracted?” Who knew?

As for our local tellers, I have no idea as to the state of their pants, since I only see them from here up. [gestures] Some of them are likely this attractive, but none of them are likely to cause rapid rotation of the ol’ Site Meter, if you know what I mean.

Update: The Other McCain offers a photo of Ms Lorenzana in a more form-fittting outfit.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 June 2010 · 10:10 am

    1. I smell a rat somewhere. I think they were trying to get rid of her for reasons other than that she “distracted” the men. (For that matter, if someone told me, “Tone it down or lose your job,” I’d definitely go with toning it down)

    2. Something I never will have to worry about, given my tendency to dress more like the stereotypical staid librarian than like the sexxxay librarian. (I’m not sure I’m ENTIRELY happy about that.)

  2. ak4mc »

    3 June 2010 · 10:30 am

    I have to wonder about men who find the presence of an attractive woman attractively dressed, upsetting.

    I’ll bet it has more to do with generic modern-day fears of ending up on the Sex Offender Registry if they dare to be caught, you know, looking.

  3. Brian J. »

    3 June 2010 · 5:57 pm

    And she seems so camera-shy, too.

    I suspect this lawsuit is more about starting her new career as a reality television star/Playboy model than actually winning a juggment, er, judgment against Citi.

  4. John Salmon »

    4 June 2010 · 9:26 am

    Ironically enough, I know a tall (6′ even), dark-haired, quite attractive woman who works for Citi (Charlene R.), who, as far as I know, has never had any problems, or caused any, for her male colleagues, or oddly inclined female colleagues for that matter. My suspicions are aligned with those of other commenters.

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  6. CGHill »

    7 June 2010 · 1:22 pm

    And now Debrahlee (to give her her full first name) is working for JPMorgan Chase, and they’ve asked her to tone down the speechifying.

    Which drew this bit of snark:

    A woman complaining about her previous employer’s discrimination is not going to affect the public’s opinion of the banking industry. At this point the only way public opinion could get any lower would be if they uncovered video of bank CEOs drowning kittens while eating a puppy sandwich.

    Or perhaps the other way around, depending on one’s diet.

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