Beautiful Debrahlee Lorenzana claims she lost job due to beauty bias

The firing of 33-year old Debrahlee Lorenzana and her pending lawsuit against her former employer, Citibank, not only raises a lot of questions about appearance -- Is showcasing a great figure in pencil skirts, turtleneck sweaters, and high heels asking for trouble? -- but it also suggests the following, says small business expert, Susan Solovic:

Discrimination is alive and well
Although women have achieved workplace parity (currently, women account for about 50% of the workforce, and could, in fact, surpass the number of men for the first time in American history), we haven't exactly achieved workplace equity. "Women still struggle for respect, equal pay and for the right to be themselves," says Solovic, who adds that while we all need to be cognizant of the image we project, this is a prime example of workplace injustice."If a man wore tailored, tight-fitting suits and had this incredible washboard stomach, no one would say anything."


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