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Debrahlee Lorenzana is a 33-year old single mom who, until recently, was a manager at Citibank. She claims she was fired because her boss deemed her "too sexy" and "too beautiful"—so sexy and so beautiful, in fact, that she proved more of a distraction than an asset in the workplace. The Village Voice reports:
She was told not to wear fitted business suits. She should wear makeup because she looked sickly without it. (She had purposefully stopped wearing makeup in hopes of attracting less attention.) Once, she recalls, she came in to work without having blow-dried her hair straight-it is naturally curly-and [branch manager Craig] Fisher told a female colleague to pass on a message that she shouldn't come into work without straightening it.In the CBS interview (above), Lorenzana shows photos of outfits she wore to work. She says her boss told her not to wear high-heeled shoes, fitted suits, or turtlenecks. And, while she claims many other women in the office wore more revealing or provocative clothing, she was singled out because of her figure.
What do you think of this? Have you ever worked in an office where someone was singled out—for better or for worse—based on how he or she dressed? Or have you ever been in a situation where you were put on the spot—not for dressing or behaving differently from anyone around you, but for targeted personal reasons?
Should a boss have a right to mete out (arbitrarily or not) specific dress codes for each individual employee?
· Banker deemed too sexy for her job [Jezebel]
· Fired banker shows you her "Too Sexy" work attire [Jezebel]