1:00 PM EDT, June 7, 2010
Is this beautiful woman too sexy for the office? She says that Citibank thought so and that's why she was fired!
Debrahlee Lorenzana says she first learned that she was in hot water when her boss pulled her aside to list the items of clothing that she shouldn't wear to work.
"I can't wear pencil skirts, my pants are too tight," she recalled.
The 33-year-old single mom says she actually dressed more conservatively than some of her colleagues, but she happened to be curvier than the other women.
She told INSIDE EDITION that they told her "In certain areas of my body, because of the way of my shape and figure, I drew too much attention."
Debrahlee Lorenzana said that her bosses told her that her outfits were too distracting to male colleagues. She said that she was also told men were coming to a Citibank branch in Midtown Manhattan where she worked just to check her out, and her good looks had become an unwelcome distraction.
Lorenzana showed INSIDE EDITION some of the outfits that she said she used to wear to her job as a business banker.
"I don't see anything wrong, but to them this dress was inappropriate to work," she said.
She said that when she complained about how she was being treated back in 2008, the bank fired her, telling her that she was no longer a good fit for their company. Lorenzana has filed a lawsuit against Citigroup. The bank told INSIDE EDITION, "Ms. Lorenzana has chosen to make numerous unfounded accusations and inaccurate statements against Citibank. Her termination was solely performance-based and not at all related to her appearance or attire."
But that's not what her lawyer says. Jack Tuckner, Lorenzana's lawyer said, "She was treated differently and fired because she stood up to the powers that be. Because she didn't play with the managers that were trying to treat her like a little party doll."
Lorenzana says she's speaking out because she's a professional woman who wants to be judged for her work, not her looks.
"I'm just a regular girl, a normal girl, that works hard, goes to work every single day and is getting discriminated and attacked for things that are ridiculous," she said.