Debrahlee Lorenzana, the hot banker who claimed Citigroup fired her for being too hot, is back in court, this time suing Quest Diagnostics for botching a blood test.
Lorenzana made headlines (and Andrea Peyser's dreams) in 2010, when she claimed that her managers at Citigroup had fired her because of the way her clothing fit her body.
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. Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mom, pointed out female colleagues whose clothing was far more revealing than hers: "They said their body shapes were different from mine, and I drew too much attention," she says.
The case eventually went to arbitration, and last spring, Citi made it clear that Lorenzana was also too hot for a settlement. Despite Lorenzana's promises to "push on," Citi announced in May, 2012 that, “The case is concluded, and Citibank did not enter into any kind of a settlement with Ms. Lorenzana or provide any payment to her.”
Now Lorenzana is back in court alleging that a month later, in June, 2012, she was injured by a lab technician at Quest Diagnostics who “lacked the requisite skills to draw blood without inflicting harm on her subjects.”
According to Lorenzana's suit, she suffered severe shock, damage to her nervous system, certain internal injuries, damaged her psychophysical motor skills, and caused her severe physical pain and mental anguish.
Her attorney Frank Panetta appeared to defend the lawsuit to the Daily News.
"She got nerve damage. What's unusual about that? Sometimes they screw up."
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