Seattle-area architect says she was discriminated against while depositing paycheck: ‘I’m still black. People still clutch their purses when I walk past’

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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.



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