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EEOC Alleges Discrimination at Bank of Albuquerque

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Bank of Albuquerque in U.S. District Court last week alleging age and sex discrimination against three female employees.

The lawsuit said that at least since June 2007, BOK Financial Corp., doing business as Bank of Albuquerque, has engaged in unlawful employment practices at several locations in Albuquerque in violation of federal law. The company specifically did so by discharging Elizabeth Morantes because of her age and sex; discharging Yolanda Fernandez because of her age and sex; and disciplining Betty Brewer because of her age and sex.

The lawsuit said younger employees and male employees “in the same circumstances were treated more favorably.”

The commission also said the “unlawful employment practices” were intentional and were done with malice or with reckless indifference to the federally protected rights of Morantes, Fernandez, and Brewer.

The lawsuit seeks damages, punitive damages, back pay with interest and “relief necessary to eradicate the effects of its unlawful employment practices, including reinstatement or front pay in lieu of reinstatement.”

The commission, in the suit, said it attempted to effect voluntary compliance and to stop alleged unlawful employment practices through informal methods of conciliation, conference and persuasion.

Andrea Myers, a spokeswoman for BOK Financial in Tulsa, Okla., told the Journal on Wednesday, “since it’s pending litigation, I’m not able to comment at this time.”

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