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Debrahlee Lorenzana (PICTURES): "I Am No Angelina Jolie," Says Woman Who Claims She Was Fired for Being Too Sexy

Debrahlee Lorenzana (Saswat Pattanayak)

Debrahlee Lorenzana says Citibank fired her for being too sexy at the office. Now she's suing.
Debrahlee Lorenzana says Citibank fired her for being too sexy at the office. Now she's suing. (Credit: Saswat Pattanayak)

NEW YORK (CBS) Debrahlee Lorenzana says she's just a regular, hard working woman. But in court papers, she claims that she was forced out of her Manhattan Citibank job because she was too hot.

PICTURES: Debrahlee Lorenzana, Too Sexy for Bank?

"I am no Angelina Jolie," Lorenzana said to reporters Thursday. "I am no Eva Mendes."

Maybe not, but according to a story originally reported in the Village Voice, "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."

And now she has filed suit. According to the New York Post, Lorenzana says she was subject to "improper comments" and was reprimanded for dressing too sexy - when all she was doing was dressing professionally.

When Lorenzana complained about the treatment, her court papers say she was stripped of some of her duties, before Citibank approved her request for a transfer to a new branch. The New York Post says she claims her situation did not improve with the transfer, and she was reprimanded, unfairly according to her, for not signing up enough new customers.

She was fired in Aug. 2009, reports the New York paper, and her gender discrimination lawsuit is currently in private arbitration. The paper also reports that a statement released by Citibank describes the suit as being "without merit."

"Maybe she should wear a burka," Lorenzana's lawyer told the local station. "They didn't wanna to have to see this body of hers."

What do you think? Is Debrahlee Lorenzana too sexy for Citibank or is her claim just hot air?

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