Weekly Recap: Lawsuits, Sex, and Finance

by Kristina on June 11, 2010 · 8 comments

red high heels

Happy Friday DINKS. I hope that you all had a fabulous financial week.  This week a story broke out all over the television and internet about a woman named Debrahlee Lorenzana who was fired from Citibank for being too sexy.  Now, this really hit a nerve with me because my bank also has a problem with my new website mediamadam.ca

I feel for the woman and I think that regardless of what side you are on, everyone will have an opinion about this story. In the corporate world, we have to look a certain way.  But, when does a corporate dress code cross the inline into personal invasion?

Many workplaces implement a “uniform” or dress code. Whether it demands us to wear a business suit or coveralls; workers are expected to dress in a certain way.  However, in an office environment what is appropriate work attire? What is too sexy for business? And who determines the level of sexiness?

In my opinion sexiness is relative. What is sexy to one person could not be sexy to another. If a woman is pretty, is she automatically deemed to be sexy? There are two types of sexy.  You can be sexy chic.  This is “proper” work attire with the addition of some high heels or a lower than usual neck line (without showing any cleavage).  Then there is stripper sexy which is never appropriate in public, and could include showing some panties.  I am sure that Debrahlee Lorenzana wants to be taken seriously by both her clients and coworkers. Therefore, she may think she is dressing professionally but her bosses may feel it is too sexy for the office.

As a bank employee I have to confirm that finance is still a man’s world. As a woman in finance I try to find a balance between my personal style and the corporate dress code. I do not want to blend into the normal sea of grey business suits.  However, I also want to be taken seriously as a professional.  The area of a corporate dress code is not always black and white. Sometimes it is just as grey as my business suit.

On a final note, is anyone else thinking that this is a sexual harassment cover up? Debrahlee Lorenzana is very pretty; and maybe she did not accept her boss’ advances. To avoid a sexual harassment scandal he fired her to “keep her quiet”.

Here are some posts on this Citibank Scandal as well as other financial news we found this week:

(Photo by d u y g u)

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