By TAMSEN FADAL and SHELLEY NG
6:12 AM EDT, June 3, 2010
NEW YORK (WPIX)
A Queens woman says she was fired from a Manhattan bank for being too hot for the workplace.
Debrahlee Lorenzana, filed a lawsuit against Citibank claiming she was the victim of a hostile work environment simply because of the way she dressed on the job.
She began working at the Citibank branch in the Chrysler Building in September 2009 and soon encountered "inappropriate and sexist comments" from her male coworkers.
The 33-year-old Queens woman says she was told by her bosses to tone down her wardrobe, including form-fitting clothes like turtlenecks, pencil skirts, fitted suits and heels.
According to Lorenzana, she requested to be transfered to another branch in May 2009. After iniitally being turned down, her wish was granted in July 2009 when she was moved to the Rockfeller Center branch, but was fired in August 2009 for alleged poor job performance.
Lorenzana has since landed another banking job. She says she has not changed her wardrobe and recieved no complaints from her new coworkers.
She is suing for lost wages and emotional distress.
In a statement, Citibank said they cannot comment on the suit in detail. But the company did state: "We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously. [...] Citi is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace. We have a strong commitment to diversity and we do not condone, or tolerate, discrimination within our business for any reason."
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