Bank of America Ordered to Pay $2.2 Million to Black Charlotte Job Seekers

Andrew Dunn, Charlotte Observer, September 23, 2013

Bank of America has been ordered to pay $2.2 million to more than 1,000 black job applicants turned down for positions in Charlotte after a federal judge ruled that the bank racially discriminated against them, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday.

The Charlotte bank had been accused of rejecting qualified black candidates for teller jobs and entry-level clerical and administrative positions in 1993 and again between 2002 and 2005. An administrative law judge ruled Bank of America used “unfair and inconsistent selection criteria” in choosing white applicants over black job-seekers.

Under the ruling, 1,034 applicants rejected by the bank in 1993 will be awarded $964,033 – an average of $932 per person. An additional 113 people denied a job between 2002 and 2005 will split about $1.2 million – or $10,775 on average.

The bank must also offer jobs to 10 employees originally turned down, the Labor Department said. {snip}

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It’s not the first time a Charlotte bank has faced discrimination allegations from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. In 2004, Wachovia agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle allegations that it engaged in pay discrimination against 2,021 current and former female employees.

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The case against Bank of America reaches back to 1993, when it was known as NationsBank. The bank’s Charlotte office was selected for a compliance review under an executive order that requires federal contractors not to discriminate.

The Labor Department later told NationsBank it had found evidence that it had discriminated against black applicants for entry-level jobs, according to department documents.

Soon after, NationsBank challenged the ruling on Fourth Amendment grounds, saying it constituted an illegal search.

In 2010, Administrative Law Judge Linda Chapman recommended a ruling that Bank of America had, in fact, discriminated against the job applicants based on statistical evidence.

Last week, the same judge ordered the $2.2 million payment. In her ruling, the judge said there was no evidence the bank had taken “any action in good faith to prevent illegal behavior.” But she also wrote there was no evidence that discrimination was ongoing, or any “recognizable danger of ongoing violation.”

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Bank of America has settled two discrimination-related cases in just the past month.

In August, the bank agreed to pay $160 million to black financial advisers at Merrill Lynch who said racial discrimination led them to be kept off lucrative assignments and paid less than white counterparts. {snip}

Earlier this month, the bank agreed to pay $39 million to women who worked at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch brokerages who claimed they were not given an equal chance to succeed.

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  • If you find a white man teller or banker at the BofA branches in St. Louis, you’re lucky.

    Also, with BofA on the hook for $2.2 million, look for their CD rates to go down…from 0.02% to 0.01%.

    • Sick of it

      Finding a white male worker anywhere in a bank is almost miracle by itself.

  • D.B. Cooper

    OKAY, okay, no problem.
    If I go into a bank, and I see a black teller, I will simply walk out.
    No problem.

    • Thor Bonham

      Exactly .. Who want them to have all that personal info, right ?

  • Extropico

    There is a black tax on every business in America. It isn’t just the lawsuits, the affirmative action and the welfare abuse; every city in America pays much higher taxes to afford all those police officers and prisons needed for a verisimilitude of safety when black people are around.

    • Erasmus

      No one said diversity came cheap.

      I wouldn’t let a six year old get away with the behavior we allow to blacks.

  • canto

    It’s possible to be qualified and yet be legitimately passed over for someone more qualified. Competition for jobs is strong. Just being black and qualified should not be a guarantee of a job or a shakedown.

    • Thor Bonham

      It is in 2013 America .. It’s called affirmative action.. Just wait till the years pass and were into the 2030’s how it is in The U.S..

    • Brian

      It never occurs to those ‘discriminated against’ that their very presence raises the probability of a lawsuit, which then leads to more discrimination. If I’m thinking about hiring a guy in a wheelchair, he might be fine at the work but I have to consider the possibility of needing to not promote him or fire him, and then I get sued for ADA violations? Who needs it?

  • Whitetrashgang

    See this is how it works kids ,when you get turned down for a job sue because there were set a sides for mud people .Its that easy, make some noise and they will give you a job to shut you up. The whole system depends on you being silent and taking it in the arse.

    • Greg Thomas

      Or even better, a member of diversity is hired, but turns around and files a “discrimination” claim because he was not promoted to CEO within three years. That’s how the diversity discrimination game works.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    Cost of doing business. Still cheaper to pay the fines than hire the groids, I’m sure.

    • FransSusan

      They’re being forced to hire some of the groids!!

      • Thor Bonham

        Yeah and even after they pay the penalty .. Amazing .

  • MekongDelta69

    What cracks me up about this racial extortion story is that BOA is noted for being one of the most slavishly PC banks in history (if not the most).

    I HATE shakedowns, but in this case (to paraphrase the old saying), “it couldn’t have happened to a nicer institution.”

    • D.B. Cooper

      You wanted your “Commitment to diversity”, Bank of America, well you effing got it!
      Enjoy it!! Straight from your own “Diversity & Inclusion” site:

      • Whitetrashgang

        The diversity of our employees causes endless conflict. Muiticultralism is a death cult.Keep spewing more jew garbage my trash can is not quite full.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I love seeing these things happening to ultra-PC businesses. If anyone deserves a good shakedown, it’s them.

        • John Ulfsson

          When will people realize that appeasing these people only makes the situation worse?

  • Spartacus

    I see private property doesn’t mean $*%& to the US government… Right now this means companies with more than X number of employees are gonna get some small(for them) fines. Pretty soon, it’s gonna mean prison if you don’t let your daughter get raped by groids.

    • Sick of it

      I’ve already theorized the possibility of either forced miscegenation or the same end result via a government-imposed eugenics program. Just like those dystopian novels…

      • Thor Bonham

        Don’t give the libtards any ideas ..

        • Sick of it

          These ideas were floating around a long time before I was born.

      • Brian

        Things will collapse before it gets to that point.

        • Sick of it

          Considering that the collapse is being perpetrated by the evil men behind such ideas…

  • JohnEngelman

    Companies should be allowed to give mental aptitude tests and hire the applicants with the highest scores. They should also be allowed to reject the applications of those with felony convictions.

    • Griggs vs. Duke Power.

    • Sick of it

      It’s the opposite today, John. They hire the least intelligent applicants (not even including certain ethnic preferences).

  • D.B. Cooper

    I think if you are white, it’s past time to pull out of the racist, anti-white Bank of America.

    Look what I found, written by a Dr. Kent (drkentshow dot com)

    Boycott BANK OF AMERICA Due to Racism
    Bank of America has featured race-based ads and we need to consequate
    Bank of America for its obvious racism!
    Years ago large corporations were criticized for failure to feature women and minorities in their advertising.
    The omission of minorities and women in advertising was ruled de facto discrimination.
    Today, we see “reverse discrimination”* practised by almost all corporations and government.
    Walk into a Bank of America lobby and see posters of smiling photos of “people of color” and “females.”
    You’ll never see any poster ads featuring Caucasian males.
    Why? Because discrimination has been made public policy.
    It is public policy to discriminate adversely against white males.
    Consider Bank of America’s television advertising campaign:
    Only women and children, primarily of color, and an occasional adult male of color are featured.
    Apparently, no white male can “peer into the Bank of America logo” and see a future!
    That is a terrible message!
    Therefore,
    Boycott Bank of America and
    Any corporation that discriminates openly by omitting pictures and depictions of Caucasians enjoying a wonderful future.

    • Luca

      Done.

    • Brian

      ‘Consequate’?

  • Erasmus

    Must be nice being black. Who else can behave shiftlessly and irresponsibly and then turn around and sue someone because he doesn’t find you qualify for the job?

    • Whitetrashgang

      Fags, woman ,other mud people and jews.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Glad I left B of A years ago. Job = entitlement to blacks. White poon = entitlement to blacks.

    Nothing will change until whites withdraw from the multicultural fiefdom and temporary employment agency known as the USA

  • VVictis14

    Seriously? All the White college kids who applied for internships but were passed over for less-qualified, minority kids from the “Inroads” organization should sue. I did an internship with the bank many years ago, and I was literally one of maybe six White males in a program of about 60 interns. I had a 3.78 (out of 4) GPA, and I know the only reason I got the slot was because I married into a connected family. Had I been on my own, a White male, the product of food stamps and the free-lunch program, from a family that only in this generation graduated its first male child from HS, no social connections…even with the grades, I would have never been considered. All this AA just screws over poor White kids.

  • Of course you didn’t. I bet the grounds of the lawsuit were entirely based on disparate impact.

  • BAML just moved most of its operations to Charlotte and Jacksonville. Nations may have been borderline, but BAML, no way.

  • Luca

    A look into the future:

    B of A Interviewer: Good morning Mr Johnson, I see you have your resume with you.

    Johnson: Dat’s cool dawg, jes call me De’Marcius.

    Interviewer: SO-o-o, De’Marcius, I see here you finished 7th grade and learned how to press license plates in a trade school program, is that right.

    Johnson: Uh-huh, yeah, dat’s right.

    Interview: Well, okay then, we do have an opening and it would require you to wear a suit, sit near the window, look important, smile and not talk to anyone. The pay starts at $2000 a week and we’ll put a little sign on your desk that says “Diversity Officer”. Would you like the job?

    Johnson: Look dawg, the 2-G’s is sweet, but I need that up front and y’all better be givin’ me a credit card for dem suits or I’ll have my damn lawyer up in here before you can say “Dis-crim-in-ation”.

    Interviewer: Okay, so you’ll start Monday then, is that alright?

    Johnson; Wo-wo-wo-wo , jes hold on dawg. I don’t do Mondays, I be seein you on Tuesday afternoon. Nome sayen?

    • Whitetrashgang

      As he leaves with his white blonde whore in her BMW that her father bought.

    • Thor Bonham

      Classic .. I love it , thanks for the laughs ..

  • Jenkem Huffington

    The banking system is one of the largest cancers killing our societies. If not the driving force, certainly the most powerful tool. Do a little research on “money creation” and “fractional reserve lending”. They loan money they don’t have at interest, use more money they don’t have to gamble on commodities and securities that largely don’t even really exist (or of which possession will never be taken) on margin, then when they loose their wagers the US taxpayers are on the hook to tighten up their book-keeping since they’re “too big to fail”.

    Jesus loved everybody and he even kicked the arses of the money changers in his day! If even Jesus doesn’t like you that’s a pretty good sign that you’re the enemy of everything good, true, and wholesome.
    No sympathy from me here.

  • bubo

    Banks are forced to hire blacks. They are everywhere in the banking industry. Not educated ones either. Ghetto blacks, thugs, thieves all work in banking and have access to your personal accounts and sensitive information.

    Not too long ago in my town there was a massive police investigation about identities being sold by bank employees. About 30 or so were arrested from numerous banks and credit unions. Every last one of them was black.

  • Funruffian

    There is one branch where my bank has three Black employees. This bank is always empty and quiet. I have only seen one customer besides myself in the 5 visits I have made in the past 4 months. They always have a Female Fillipina teller who does all the transactions while the Blacks just sit around and take up space. This is an a fairly affluent area . So these AA hires are placed in a nice community and get virtually no business.

  • IKantunderstand

    You know what all these lawsuits tell me? Blacks suck as employees. Let’s admit it, if Blacks were the best employees ever on the face of the earth, everybody in the world would be falling over each other to hire them. In fact, they try to avoid hiring them. Why is that ? And, no, the color of their skin, is not the reason. So, since we are all agreed on that, what on earth could it be? Why is it, that all the people in the world, who have created businesses, have to be forced to hire Blacks? Unh? We all know the reason. They are stupid, they are irresponsible, they are lazy, they are in fact, the worst possible employees ever. Nobody would ever hire them if they were free to choose. Please, give some credit to Capitalism, if Blacks have ever represented the only employees available in America, America would not exist as we know it. On the other hand, Capitalism now seems defeated,. Which means, since the government is involved in all business, they have been forced to hire the WORST employees of all time. From what I understand, Blacks pretty much sucked as slaves as well. These people are worthless. Anything they were sorta capable of doing one hundred years ago, has been mechanized. What, exactly, do Blacks contribute to our American civilization? No, seriously, what do they contribute that actually forwards Western civilization, as opposed to making it regress?

    • Brian

      What little they can do passably well, we’re bringing in Jose and Juanita to do instead.

  • Sick of it

    Equal protection under the law is guaranteed by the Constitution. What actually happens is that white people are disenfranchised due to affirmative action, activist judges, and shady attorneys.

  • Why is it when you see and talk of a certain racial groups gravitating towards a certain types of criminal activity, you’re branded a small minded racist.
    Yet when opportunities are not dished out evenly to differing racial groups, you’re a racist for not noticing racial differences and giving head starts accordingly.

    Why isn’t it a two way street?
    Identifying ‘race’ when the outcome is positive and negative?
    Everything in life is not “all good”.

  • Texan1st

    The presiding judge works for the US Dept of Labor. There ya go!

  • Thor Bonham

    I don’t know, I would prefer my teller to acknowledge/greet me with, Hello sir, how may I help you ? Not with, “Yo, wash you need maing ” .. I find it amazing that these banks are now FORCED to hire diversity even after paying the penalty..

  • Thor Bonham

    No worries , this guy shouldn’t even be posting on this site ..
    I’m surprised the moderators let his talk go by ..
    It does us no favors and will get whites no where fast ..

  • Thor Bonham

    Yeah but not only do they have to pay but they are being forced to hire some of the ones that they turned down … Quote:
    The bank must also offer jobs to 10 employees originally turned down, the Labor Department said.
    Course, only about 10 but hey, they can cause trouble too ..

  • SFLBIB

    When I began reading this, I thought the basis of discrimination was going to be that the banks didn’t hire convicted bank robbers.

  • Erasmus

    …36 percent of all noble prizes awarded.

    What are noble prizes?

  • evilsandmich

    In 2010, Administrative Law Judge Linda Chapman recommended a ruling that Bank of America had, in fact, discriminated against the job applicants based on statistical evidence.

    She may want to look into the NBA/NFL, I think that they may be statistically discriminating as well.

  • Aaron997

    Since blacks are apparently just as good as whites, but get paid less, you’d think that a business would hire a bunch of blacks, charge customers less than all the other “racist” businesses, and become a huge success. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

  • Global Minority

    It is hard to find a bank or a credit union that has white workers period. Even in a majority white area. It sounds like the banks have gone postal! The Navy Federal opened a branch in a majority black area (85%) and the bank lastest barely 3 years and they shut it down becasue of the level of police officers they had to employ and the employees themselves were robbing the place blind! Of course, you never hear about that in the local media ever.

  • the dogma of multicultralism, diversity etc comes from the very top of society. And no surprise, that. You see, multicultralism, diversity etc, helps the interests of those at the top.

    Ask me how.

  • Spartacus

    There are many types of dark-skin critters in the world, and we have some of them here 🙂 BTW, you should make an account with disqus, because when you reply as a guest, the post needs to be moderated, and sometimes I forget to reply .