This is a copy of the wikipedia article on Debrahlee Lorenzana as it appeared prior to its deletion on June 14, 2010.
Debrahlee Lorenzana (born 1977) is a financial-services professional who was sacked from her banking position at the Chrysler Building branch of Citigroup in New York City in 2010 after she was allegedly warned repeatedly that her clothes were too distracting, tight, and inappropriate. In turn, Lorenzana filed a lawsuit against Citigroup alleging that she was fired "as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly 'too distracting' for her male colleagues and supervisors to bear." The suit was referred to arbitration instead of a jury trial under her employment agreement.
Citigroup has stated that "Ms. Lorenzana has chosen to make numerous unfounded accusations and inaccurate statements against Citibank and several of our employees. While we will not discuss the details of her case, we can say that her termination was solely performance-based and not at all related to her appearance or attire. We are confident that when all of the facts and documentation are presented, the claim will be dismissed."
Lorenzana subsequently found employment with JPMorgan Chase. Lorenzana has reported receiving pressure from her new employer to stop publicizing her dismissal from Citibank.
Lorenzana's story made international news in June 2010, raising discussions about lookism.
[Milo adds: Subsequently, it was found, that Ms. Lorenzaza appeared in online videos of a few years vintage touting breast implant surgery, where much mirth was made of her comments that she wanted to be like a Playboy Playmate, and "tits on a stick." Because, you know, lots of guys love breast implants, but most guys on the internet are unlikely to ever mate with a woman as attractive (if somewhat misguided, perhaps a bit ditzy, and probably a bit lonely) as Ms. Lorenzana.]
[Update October 28 2010: This article appears to remain quite popular. As a quick update, in late September 2010 it was reported that Lorenzana had rebuffed requests to appear in Playboy and on reality TV shows, and was uncomfortable with the huge amount of attention placed on her, though she hoped her experience served as an example for others to stand up for their rights.'Sexy banker' Debrahlee Lorenzana has no interest in fame, Playboy - just wants to be an example (NY Daily News, 26 Sept 2010) And, like clockwork, in October 2010, a group of female Citigroup employees filed suit against the company for discrimination, and news reports cited to Lorenzana's case as a related prior event.Sex And The Citigroup: Women Sue US Bank (Sky News, 15 Oct 2010); Citigroup accused of discrimination (Telegraph, 14 Oct 2010)]
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* In April 2003, the Municipal Credit Union named Lorenzana its sales rep of the month.
1. ^ Pressler, Jessica (6/2/10 at 1:20 PM). >"Debrahlee Lorenzana Can't Help It If She's Not 'Short, Overweight,' and Boring Like the Other Women at Citigroup -- Daily Intel". New York. . Retrieved 5 June 2010.
2. ^ Dwoskin, Elizabeth (Tuesday, Jun 1 2010). "Is This Woman Too Hot To Be a Banker?". The Village Voice. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
3. ^ "Arbitration clause won't allow 'too hot' ex-employee to sue Citibank". Sify. 2010-06-05 15:20:00. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
4. ^ Casserly, Meghan. "Debrahlee Lorenzana: Is the ex-Citibank employee Victim or Villain?« Work in Progress - Forbes.com". Forbes. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
5. ^ "You'll pay if you ax bank babe". New York Post. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
6. ^ "Bank girl faces being fired from latest job for talking about dismissal from Citigroup for being 'too sexy'". Daily Mail. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
7. ^ Jen Doll & Elizabeth Dwoskin (June 7, 2010). "Debrahlee Lorenzana Story Goes Global, Viral, Crazy". The Village Voice (blog). Retrieved June 8, 2010.
8. ^ Bennett, Jessica (June 04, 2010). "Too Hot in the Workplace? It Can Cost You Your Job. - Newsweek". Newsweek. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
* Too Hot for Citibank?, Village Voice Picture Slideshow
* Debrahlee “Too Hot For Citi” Lorenzana Explains Why She Wanted To Be “Tits On A Stick”, DealBreaker
* Banking beauty Debrahlee Lorenzana had two boob jobs, wanted to be stacked like Playboy Playmate, Daily News (New York)
* Discovery Health Catches Debrahlee Fever (Video), Daily News (New York)
* Suit: Woman Fired From Citibank For Being 'Too Sexy', PIX11 video
* Too Hot to Work?, CBS
* Could Dressing Too Sexy Get You Fired?, Fox 2 KTVI
Analysis of Deletion (for wikigeeks only)
This is the sort of article that when I hear about the underlying news story, I go see whether a wikipedia article has been created, and I frequently find that it is nominated for deletion. This story received incredible amounts of press attention, though no doubt its because of the titillating content and the numerous photo galleries for which the attractive Ms. Lorenzana posed. Sex sells. The article was nominated for deletion on June 7. While the number of votes for deletion and retaining were equal, suggesting that the normal rule of "lack of consensus" and "default to keep" would apply, the closing administrator chose to delete because he found the "deletion arguments more persuasive" which simply means he applied his opinion and deleted it. This does not shock me, because a number of wikipedia editors are squeamish about articles like this, despite the fact that the press appears to find such stories highly notable. In these cases, some wikipedia administrators are reluctant to "close" the deletion discussion and make a call either way, and then the editor who does decide to finally do it is likely to be in favor of deletion.
This is not disimiliar to the story of Rachel Uchitel, which I have written about before. Uchitel's article was deleted in December 2009, but recently reappeared, only to be renominated for deletion within one hour. But I often stumble across instances of previously deleted articles that were later recreated. As of right now, the English wikipedia is growing at a rate of 1087 articles per day. Outside of unverifiable articles, hoaxes, vandalism, attacks, and spam, anything of interest to more than a few people returns in the long run. In fact, this just recently happened to Donna Simpson, who I also wrote about. Her article, once deleted, has now returned, and survived her 2nd deletion nomination. So, have no fear, Mr. Lorenzana and Ms. Uchitel (if deleted again) won't be gone forever.