Trish Doolin, a black female architect, feels she was discriminated against when a banker in Washington state looked up her company and called the human resources department after she deposited her paycheck.
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A 37-year-old black woman says she was a victim of discrimination after depositing her paycheck at a KeyBank branch near Seattle.
Trish Doolin, who just moved to Seattle a few weeks ago, said that an employee at a KeyBank branch in Kirkland told her to come back to the bank shortly after she deposited her check on Wednesday morning.
Doolin, a job captain of architecture at the design firm Nelson, Inc., was subsequently told that there was a problem with her check, was questioned at the bank and finally told 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, according to BuzzFeed News.
Doolin described the banker who questioned her as “white” and when she sat down in a cubicle the man had pulled up her firm’s website. The banker is believed to be a male employee named Thor Loberg, according to BuzzFeed.
“He asked my profession, and then asked why the company’s headquarters were in Philadelphia,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Then he asked if HR could verify that I was an employee there.”
Doolin maintains that the employee said it was “for the bank’s safety,” but failed to ask for her ID.
A KeyBank branch is pictured Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in downtown Indianapolis.
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Doolin’s company did not answer the identifying phone call, and so the employee said that he needed to hold her 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.”
Once she left the bank and arrived home, she called back and reached a woman, who assured her that the employee in question is “far from racist.” The woman told Doolin that “he would have done that to any other customer.”
The female then released Doolin’s funds “after realizing that her account had been open for 29 days, one day shy of the requirement,” BuzzFeed writes.
Doolin then said the woman “made sure to tell me that she was sorry that I was ‘having a bad day.’ At the end of the conversation, she told me, ‘Go have a drink or something.’”
Doolin responded to this by saying, “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. People still clutch their purses when I walk past.”
Doolin said she plans to switch banks and is on the way to becoming a licensed architect.