A black female Architect by the name of Trish Doolin relocated to Seattle to work as a captain of architecture at Nelson Inc. Which by the way, there’s only a handful of them….. While her transition and settling into her new job went smooth it wasn’t until she attempted to cash her paycheck, is when the problem began..
According to BET.com
On Wednesday morning, Doolin went to KeyBank to deposit a check. Nelson had just moved to Washington and the employee direct deposit accounts had not been set up, so she needed to deposit her check in person.
After arriving at the bank, Doolin deposited her check with a banker and then left to continue on with her day. Just a few minutes after dropping off the check, Doolin received a phone call from the banker instructing her to come back to the bank because there was a problem with her check.
As Doolin started to talk to the banker, who Buzzfeed identified as Thor Loberg, it became very clear that there was suspicion about whether or not she was actually employed by Nelson. Doolin recounted her experience in a Facebook post that was later shared by Twitter user “Sugar.”
— bald headed Sug (@whoissugar) October 5, 2016
As a result of the story, KeyBank released an official statement defending their actions and denying any racism or discrimination.
“As a company, KeyBank values diversity within our organization, our communities and our clients. We do not tolerate discrimination. Client confidentiality means we cannot speak to any specific client’s situation. We can however, describe our Funds Availability Policy regarding client deposits and holds that may be placed on client deposits. Generally speaking and in compliance with applicable law, we advise clients who are new to KeyBank that we may place holds for a short period of time on their deposits during the first 30 days after they open their account with us. ”
Doolin said she plans to switch banks this weekend and has not yet informed her job of her experience.