When last we checked in on Debrahlee Lorenzana (pictured), she was switching lawyers to bring on a fellow media hog, Gloria Allred (recently the subject of a lengthy NYT profile). Over the weekend, Lorenzana filed her first papers under Allred’s stewardship.
Apparently we need to make a call to Geneva or something, and have them check out Citibank. FoxNY reports:
A tearful Debrahlee “Debbie” Lorenzana read a prepared statement Monday morning explaining why she is a victim of sex discrimination.
Lorenzana and her attorney, Gloria Allred, are asking for a human rights investigation. She claims she was fired from her job as a business banker job at Citibank after complaining that male colleagues called good looks distracting.
In other breaking news regarding workplace human rights violations, when I walked in today, I’m almost positive that a Breaking Media colleague thought “Whoa, that’s a big dude.” Nothing was said, but I saw it in her eyes. Can somebody text me the number for The Hague?
Shockingly — and this is really something that fits perfectly with Allred’s psychotic legal philosophy — Lorenzana’s new claim is that she was fired because she didn’t know how to do her job:
In the complaint, Lorenzana claims that she was not properly trained and, “I was a target to them.”
She says she was a victim of sex discrimination and then retaliation for speaking up.
Holy God on High. Is Lorenzana now conceding that she was terrible at her job, but blaming other people for her incompetence? Or, more specifically, is she saying men denied her training because of her surgically-enhanced boobs? Like, “I could train you how to do your job, but instead I’d rather just sit back and watch and you screw everything up because you are so pretty”? Is that what she’s saying happened?
Citibank (unsurprisingly) is unimpressed. Dealbreaker has the Citibank statement:
Unlike Ms. Lorenzana, Citibank does not intend to try this case in the media and we reiterate that her termination was based on poor performance. Although we can’t speak to her previous attention-seeking activities, her current attempts to gain personal publicity are as transparent as her legal claims. We remain confident that when all of the facts and documentation are presented, the claim will be dismissed.”
Yeah, it doesn’t look like Allred’s “novel” arguments are making Citibank all that worried.
Debrahlee Lorenzana Files Sex Discrimination Complaint [FoxNY]
Citi Has Something It Wants To Say To Debrahlee “They Fired Me Because Of THESE” Lorenzana [Dealbreaker]
The Avenger [New York Times]