Black architect humiliated by Seattle bank teller who refused to believe her paycheck was real


A woman from Seattle was humiliated by a bank clerk after refusing to believe that a check she was depositing was real.

Trish Doolin, 37, a black architect, recently moved to take a job with Nelson, Inc., based in the city.

It being her first week of work with the firm, her direct deposit had not yet been set up for her to receive her salary, so she took a regular check to a branch of Key Bank.

Trish Doolin, 37, began working as an architect in Seattle in September. When she tried to cash her paycheck, a teller called her into his office to question the validity of her deposit

However, according to  Black Entertainment Television (BET), hours after depositing the check in person, Ms Doolin received a call from the bank asking her to return at once.

When she arrived at the branch, a manager took her aside to a cubicle and began to ask her a series of intrusive questions.

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

The bank did not ask for any ID from Ms. Doolin, yet Key Bank told her that she would have to wait as long as nine days while they ‘verified the funds.’

I was, I knew I was being discriminated against,” Doolin said.  “It was just completely demeaning”

‘When I realized that I was defending who I was, trying to prove to someone who didn’t know who I was, I knew I was being discriminated against,’ Doolin told BuzzFeed. ‘It was just completely demeaning.’

A short time later, Doolin called the bank on the phone to try and understand why she had been questioned in the manner she had.

The bank told her that they would have done the same to any customer and the branch agreed to release the funds into her account.

‘I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair, no matter how fabulous I look when I walk out the door, I’m still black,’ she said to BuzzFeed. ‘People still clutch their purses when I walk past.’

Key Bank has released a statement saying the company ‘values diversity’ and does not ‘tolerate discrimination’.

The company also stated that customers that are new to the bank may experience a longer hold period on their deposits for the first 30 days that their accounts are open.

Source: The DailyMail

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