Okay, maybe that's not exactly what she said in her complaint, but on Monday, Debrahlee Lorenzana asked the New York state human rights division to look into her charges that Citibank fired her not because her clothing was inappropriate but rather that her the way the clothes looked on her "to die for" body.
CBS.com has a series of photos of Ms. Lorezana. You can judge for yourself.
When this story broke earlier this month it went viral-primarily because of Ms. Lorenzana's charge that she was fired for something that was completely out of her control:She has a smokin' bod.
This is the kind of story that bloggers, tweeters, Facebook friends like to share and chortle about because it does seem plausible and that is the sad part of the story.
When the news broke, the social media world soaked it up. As business stories go, it's deliciously naughty. And as a cohort, those in the social media world took up Ms. Lorenza's cause with gusto because it's a story that sounds as if it could be true.
That is what businesses should be paying attention to, that her story does seem believable.
Now when the story broke, Ms. Lorenzana said that she couldn't help the way she looked. However, it's recently been disclosed that Ms. Lorenzana did undergo several plastic surgeries to obtain her current look, a fact she shared on a reality program in 2003. In that program , Ms. Lorenzana is quoted as saying,
“That’s what I want to be: t— on a stick” adding she wanted to be Pamela Anderson mixed with Carmen Electra.
Her desires? “[I want] huge, double-Ds…. I love plastic surgery. I think it is the best thing that ever happened…. I’ll be looking like a little Playboy Playmate. It’s my body. So whether they like it or not, I [couldn't] care less about their opinion.”She reveals in the broadcast that she had already had a tummy tuck, a previous boob job and liposuction
The question is, does the fact that she had plastic surgery to obtain her look play any role in her lawsuit When the story broke , this is what the Village Voice reported:
This is the way Debbie Lorenzana tells it: Her bosses told her they couldn't concentrate on their work because her appearance was too distracting. They ordered her to stop wearing turtlenecks. She was also forbidden to wear pencil skirts, three-inch heels, or fitted business suits. Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mom, pointed out female colleagues whose clothing was far more revealing than hers: "They said their body shapes were different from mine, and I drew too much attention," she says.
Citibank has said her lawsuit is without merit and says she was fired for performance issues not because she was too hot for the job.
Do you feel differently about the lawsuit now that you know Ms. Lorenzana's body was not the one she was born with but the one that she paid for?