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Man says bank discriminated when it refused to cash discrimination settlement checks {VIDEO}

Man sues bank for alleged racial discrimination

A man is suing a Michigan bank for racial discrimination after he says staff refused to deposit his checks and called police on him. The checks were settlement from another racial discrimination case. CNN affiliate WXYZ has the details.

A man is suing a Michigan bank for racial discrimination after he says the staff refused to deposit settlement checks from another racial discrimination case and called police on him.

“Something else was afoot here,” the man’s attorney, Deborah Gordon, told CNN affiliate WXYZ. “And in my opinion, there’s only one thing: banking while black”

Sauntore Thomas, a 44-year-old African-American man, went to a TCF Bank branch Tuesday to open a savings account and deposit checks from the settlement in a recent racial discrimination case against his former employer, his complaint says. He already had a checking account at the bank.

A bank employee “immediately appeared suspicious,” the complaint said.

“How did you get this money?” the employee asked, according to the complaint.

She refused to deposit the checks into Thomas’ account and called the police to report that Thomas was attempting to deposit fraudulent checks, the complaint said.

“Ten minutes later, Livonia Police walk in. And they said ‘Hey sir can we talk to you?’ And I was shocked, I was like ‘who, me?’” Thomas told WXYZ.

Four police officers arrived at the bank and questioned Thomas, and his attorney over the phone, about the checks.

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Comment by HandsomeMan on January 27, 2020 at 9:53am up
Comment by cheryl on January 26, 2020 at 8:23pm
Need to put money in Black owned banks like Carver. Stop using their banks. In the meantime, sue their asses.
Comment by E Peters on January 26, 2020 at 11:02am
Will be fired is what I meant to say
Comment by E Peters on January 26, 2020 at 10:53am
All the woman had to do is call the bank that issued the checks. Now she will he fired and he will be getting some more checks to cash.

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