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Citi in the dock for firing ‘distracting’ woman

entertainment Updated: Jun 05, 2010 08:56 IST

Citibank is facing an unusual lawsuit in which a woman executive says she was fired last year because her bosses thought she was "too distracting" for male colleagues and supervisors.

“She was punished because her male bosses couldn’t handle their libidos,” alleged the lawsuit by Debrahlee Lorenzana against CEO Vikram Pandit’s Citibank in a Manhattan court.

Lorenzana said she was dressing professionally, but her male bosses found her too steamy and fired her, according to the New York Post. “Everything I wore was professional... The way they looked at what I wore was very disappointing.”

Soon after she joined the bank, her seniors subjected her to “inappropriate and sexist comments” about her appearance, she said.

“In blatantly discriminatory fashion, (she) plaintiff was advised that as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly “too distracting” for her supervisors to bear.”

Lorenzana said she was subjected to discrimination as “other female colleagues wore similar professional attire,” the Post wuoted her as saying.

According to Lorenzana’s lawyer, she filed a formal complaint to the human resources department in May last year, and sought a transfer. Though she got the transfer in July, her harassment didn’t stop on various pretexts, including her failure to recruit new customers. In August, she was sacked by the bank.”

Reacting to the lawsuit, Citibank has said, “We believe this lawsuit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously.”