#BankingWhileBlack: White Manager Refuses To Accept Female African-American Architect’s Paycheck

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Bank Manager Refuses To Accept Black Architect’s Paycheck

An African-American architect claims she was discriminated against when a white banker in Washington state refused to release her funds after she deposited a paycheck because she was Black reports Buzzfeed News:

Doolin, a job captain of architecture at design firm Nelson, Inc., told BuzzFeed News that she had just moved to Seattle a few weeks ago and stopped at KeyBank on Wednesday morning to deposit her paycheck.

Nelson had recently moved to Washington, Doolin said, and employees’ direct-deposit service hadn’t taken effect yet.
“I went in, deposited my check, and went about my day,” the 37-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, native said.

“He asked my profession, and then asked why the company’s headquarters were in Philadelphia,” she said. “Then he asked if HR could verify that I was an employee there.”

The manager reassured Doolin that all of this was normal and just apart of the banking policy:

When her company didn’t answer the phone, the man proceeded to tell Doolin that because her account had not been open for 30 days, the bank had to hold her paycheck for nine days to verify the funds.

“When I realized that I was defending who I was, trying to prove to someone I didn’t know who I was, I knew I was being discriminated against,” she said. “It was just completely demeaning.”

“I can assure he is far from racist,” Doolin said the woman told her. “He would have done that to any other customer.”

The woman eventually released Doolin’s funds after realizing that her account had been open for 29 days, one day shy of the requirement.


KeyBank released an official statement after the alleged incident and says they normally place a hold on deposited funds during the first 30 days after a customer has opened open a new account. Is this another case of #BankingWhileBlack


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