Back in June, when a woman named Debrahlee Lorenzana claimed she was fired from Citigroup because her stunning figure and the tight clothing she enjoyed wrapping around it were just too hot for Citi to handle, the world snickered. It didn't help that Debrahlee's description of said figure as "Tits on a Stick" was, it appeared from her multiple television appearances and interviews, the height of her verbal abilities. But now, vaunted academia has risen to Debrahlee's defense.
Well, not hers, specifically. But according to a study by the University of Colorado Denver Business School, attractive women are discriminated against in fields that are traditionally seen as masculine, one of which is finance.
"In these professions being attractive was highly detrimental to women," researcher Stefanie Johnson said in a statement, adding that attractive women tended to be sorted into positions like receptionist or secretary. While the researchers found good-looking women were ruled out for certain jobs, they found that attractive men did not face similar discrimination and were always at an advantage.
This is how Vikram Pandit got his job, obviously.
Attractive women overlooked for certain jobs: study [Reuters via VF]