Bank Apologizes To Black Architect After Refusing To Accept Paycheck
Yesterday, we reported that a Black female architect claimed she had been discriminated against when a white banker in Seattle refused to release her funds after she deposited a paycheck.
Trish Doolin told Buzzfeed News the story and says the banker ran her through hurdles just to verify her profession:
“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.”
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.”
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. The bank later apologized to Trish according to her Facebook:
Is this another case of #BankingWhileBlack?