In many ways, the story of her life has been about getting
attention from men?both the wanted and the unwanted kind. But when she got
fired last summer from her job as a banker at a Citibank branch in
Midtown?her bosses cited her work performance?she got even hotter. She sued
Citigroup, claiming that she was fired solely because her bosses thought she
was too hot.
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.