A woman sued her former employer, a bank in Virginia, and alleged that the employer discriminated against her based on her sex, age, and religion, and then wrongfully terminated her.
The woman worked as the senior vice president of strategic planning and development for the bank from 2017 to 2019, when the bank eliminated her position.
The plaintiff claims that the bank's culture is similar to a cult. According to the allegations contained in the lawsuit, the bank's president and CEO, who is also a senior pastor at a local church, saw himself as the bank's "spiritual leader".
The plaintiff alleges that the president and CEO, as well as other colleagues, discriminated against the plaintiff because of her non-evangelical religious beliefs. The plaintiff claims that she was left out of key meetings; received "discriminatory gendered feedback"; and had her marketing recommendations ignored during the two years she worked for the bank.
She further alleges that subordinate employees disrespected her and the CEO "scolded" her by telling her "to start behaving."
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received additional responsibilities in May 2018 but was not given a pay raise or title change. However, a male executive with evangelical religious beliefs who had a similar change in duties allegedly received a raise and a new title. "Former executive sues New Peoples Bank for discrimination" www.virginiabusiness.com (Jan. 19, 2021).