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A racial discrimination double whammy


A man in Detroit is suing a Michigan bank for refusing to cash a check awarded to him as a settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit and instead calling police on him, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Sauntore Thomas first sued his employer alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit that was eventually settled confidentially. He then went to the bank this week to cash his checks, but the TCF Bank branch in Livonia, Michigan, instead called the police and initiated a fraud investigation, triggering another lawsuit on Wednesday.

In his suit, accessed by the newspaper, Mr. Thomas claims the bank mistreated and humiliated him. Police, meanwhile, reported that it was the bank's computer system that read the checks as fraudulent. A TCF Bank spokesman responded to the allegations, stating the bank abhors racism and it was not a factor in how the bank handled Mr. Thomas’ checks.

Mr. Thomas, a two-year customer of the bank, remains unmoved by the explanation, telling a reporter: “I didn’t deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent… I’m a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I’m black. None of this would have happened if I were white.”






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