A former Bank of America employee is suing the bank, saying he faced discrimination because his right hand, arm and leg were disabled in a car accident and he was told accommodation 'wouldn't be fair to people with two hands'.
ABC News reports that for three years, Daniel Herrmann, 38, worked in customer service for Merrill Lynch and then Bank of America after BoA acquired Merrill Lynch in January 2010. He said he was fired on September 20th, 2010 for being one to two minutes late from his lunch break due to the fact that it took him longer to walk from the lunch room because of a limp.
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In the meantime, Reuters reports that a Deutsche Bank Vice President said she was fired this month in retaliation for her gender bias lawsuit and subsequent complaints accusing the German bank of trying to retard her career.
Kelley Voelker, who turns 46 on Monday, said she learned of her firing two weeks ago, after having been told on August 21st that no one in her hedge fund group would lose their jobs in connection with the bank's global cost-cutting plan.
Voelker first sued Deutsche Bank last September. She claimed to have never been promoted since joining the bank in 1998, and that the bank had tried to demote her after she took maternity leave, which she called being 'mommy-tracked'.
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Finally, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that a former JPMorgan commodities trader, who was fired after the bank spotted a series of unusual aluminum trades, sued for unfair dismissal.
Daragh Nott, a trader at JPMorgan before being dismissed in September 2011, mispriced more than 70 separate trades of the metal, a compliance officer for the bank said during cross-examination at a U.K. employment tribunal hearing earlier this week.
Nott’s lawyer, Richard Woolmer, said in an e-mailed statement the allegations against his client 'derailed his career. and he hasn’t been able to find a new job. Nott simply made mistakes and didn’t intentionally misprice the trades, an explanation that JPMorgan didn’t accept, Woolmer said.
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