January 24, 2020

A Bank Wouldnt Take His Bias Settlement Money. So Hes Suing
Last week, Sauntore Thomas, a black man from Detroit, had a victory over profiling when he settled a race discrimination case against his former employer.But as he learned this week, it was too soon to celebrate.When he tried Tuesday to deposit the money at his TCF Bank, a new lawsuit says, he met resistance that escalated with a call to the police and what amounted to a claim of racial discrimination against the bank. The lawsuit called it "banking while black."After the assistant branch manager called the police, Thomas, 44, was questioned by two Livonia Police Department officers in the lobby for about an hour, Thomas and his lawyer, Deborah Gordon, said in interviews Thursday. He was also accused of fraud, even after Gordon texted screenshots of documents showing that he had just won the funds from the settlement, Gordon said."I have had this with black clients before," Gordon said. "There can be a lot of questions when they suddenly have money."Lt. Charles Lister, the investigative bureau commander at the police department, said that Thomas was not handcuffed or patted down, that the two officers were in the bank with him for 50 minutes and that two others briefly waited outside."He was never told he could not leave by our officers," Lister said.Thomas, whose story first appeared in The Detroit Free Press, had collected the checks from the Jan. 13 federal settlement with his former employer, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Circuit Court for the county of Wayne.On Jan. 21, Thomas went to the TCF branch in Livonia, Michigan, where he has had a checking account since 2018, it says. He asked to open a savings account, obtain a new debit card, deposit the money and get cash back, the lawsuit says.But he did not get far. The lawsuit says he was told by the assistant branch manager that the system was malfunctioning, that the checks had to be "verified" and "called in," and that he needed to answer a question: "How did you get this money?" The lawsuit says that the assistant branch manager went into a back room and called the Livonia Police Department.In an interview Thursday, Thomas said that two police officers arrived, while two were posted outside the bank. Thomas said one of the officers inside the bank told him, "'Can you come over here and speak with us?' And I said, 'Who, me?'"He said he was told to take his hands out of his pockets, which he did, and go to a back room, which he refused to do."He thought I was a threat," Thomas said. "I was just trying to do some banking."TCF did not immediately reply to an email or phone calls seeking comment.The Free Press quoted a bank spokesman, Tom Wennerberg, as saying that race was not a factor and that the checks showed a watermark that read "void" when scanned by the bank. Wennerberg said the three checks were for $59,000, $27,000 and $13,000. Gordon said she was unable to disclose the amount of the checks.After Thomas was questioned by the officers and they spoke to Gordon, he left without depositing the checks, the suit continues. Thomas' "race was a factor" in the bank's decision to "treat him less favorably than other individuals," it says.The lawsuit, which alleges race discrimination and names TCF Financial Corp. as the defendant, is seeking a jury trial.Wennerberg said in an interview Thursday that Thomas had little previous activity on his account and the assistant branch manager, who is black, believed the checks could be fraudulent because they "visually" did not match previous checks."We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash, and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs," Wennerberg said."We really want to apologize for the experience," he said. "Local police should not have been involved."Before he left the bank that day, Thomas closed his TCF account; he then went to another bank, where he opened a new account and deposited the checks, he said. They cleared the next morning and Thomas was able to buy a used car that he had his eye on for $6,000, he said.But TCF bank had filed a police report against Thomas, alleging check fraud, according to the lawsuit. On Jan. 22, a Livonia detective asked Gordon in an email for a contact at Thomas' former employer, Enterprise, the rental car company, so that the officer could ask about the settlement checks and "confirm that they are not fraudulent," the email said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
'Julie and the Phantoms' Stars Cheyenne Jackson and Booboo Stewart on LGBTQ Representation
September 23, 2020
AmgkvK3xcJ4
John Cusack Says He Was Never Going to Play 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White
September 24, 2020
t8dtgMU4whA
2020: The Tipping Point for Connected TV Storytelling and Advertising - Variety Streaming Room
September 24, 2020
RtGX38E26SI
Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins in Talks to Join 'RHOBH' | TMZ
September 27, 2020
qjOO64aA6RM
Best Of TMZ on TV This Week: 9/21-9/25
September 25, 2020
AK7597t5iAA
Gigi Gorgeous Says J.K. Rowling's Dead to Her After More Anti-Trans Backlash | TMZ
September 24, 2020
eiKX6w8tL3Q
Dax Shepard reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
yT7YuvLGDeY
Teddi Mellencamp’s 'RHOBH' exit and more Housewives news of the week | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
FZ9FCO_lsKk
Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
vQRPlbqIYck
Max Ehrich Says He Learned of Split with Demi From Tabloids
September 26, 2020
oKKgDNItF-Q
Necessary Realness: Celebrities Dating Civilians | E! News
September 26, 2020
pFjBX1UlSJQ
"Marrying Millions" Hot Tub Hell, Dolly's Motel Romance & More | Nightly Pop | E! News
September 26, 2020
g059fqoqySo
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
27
Sep
PORTUGAL: Primeira Liga
Gil Vicente - Portimonense
27
Sep
BELARUS: Premier League
Dinamo Minsk - Vitebsk
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Oviedo - Espanyol
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Tenerife - Mirandes
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Ponferradina - Rayo Vallecano
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Udinese
27
Sep
SWITZERLAND: Super League
Luzern - Lausanne
27
Sep
PORTUGAL: Primeira Liga
SC Farense - Nacional
27
Sep
SWITZERLAND: Super League
Servette - Basel
27
Sep
SWITZERLAND: Super League
Vaduz - St. Gallen
27
Sep
BELARUS: Premier League
Ruh Brest - Slutsk
27
Sep
LATVIA: Virsliga
FK Jelgava - Daugava D
27
Sep
JAPAN: J-League
Kashiwa Reysol - Yokohama F. Marinos
27
Sep
MOLDOVA: Divizia Nationala
Sfintul Gheorghe - Zimbru
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Spezia - Sassuolo
27
Sep
ROMANIA: Liga 2
Metaloglobus - Universitatea Cluj
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 1
Kuban - Kuban Holding
27
Sep
RUSSIA: Premier League
Arsenal T - Rostov
27
Sep
KAZAKHSTAN: Premier League
Astana - Zhetysu
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
Saturn - Avangard
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
Fakel-2 - Metalurg Vidnoe
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 1
Inter Cherkessk - FK Krasnodar-3
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 1
Forte - Druzhba Maykop
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 1
Dinamo Stavropol - Biolog-Novokub.
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Mallorca - Sabadell
27
Sep
KOREA REP.: K-League Championship round
Pohang Steelers - Gwangju Sangmu
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 1
Mashuk-KMV - SKA Rostov
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 2
Smolensk - Znamia Truda
27
Sep
POLAND: I Liga
LKS Lodz - Sandecja Nowy Sacz
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
FK Strogino - Kvant Obninsk
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
Salyut - Khimki-2
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
Metallurg L. - Khimik Novomoskovsk
27
Sep
KAZAKHSTAN: Premier League
Okzhepes - Kairat
27
Sep
LITHUANIA: A Lyga
Banga - Kauno Zalgiris
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 4
Lada Dimitrovgrad - Kr. Sovetov-2
27
Sep
BELARUS: Premier League
Belshina - Shakhtyor Soligorsk
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Lugo - Almeria
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 2
Volga Tver - Zvezda S-P
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
Kaluga - Sokol
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 4
Nosta - FK Volna
27
Sep
BELARUS: Premier League - Women
Neman W - Belarus U-19 W
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 2
Luki-Energia - Kolomna
27
Sep
ESTONIA: Meistriliiga
Legion - Tammeka Tartu
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 2
Zenit Irkutsk - Dinamo M-2
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 4
Ural-2 - Tyumen
27
Sep
CHINESE TAIPEI: Premier League
Tatung - Taipei Red Lions
27
Sep
CHINESE TAIPEI: Premier League
Ming Chuan University - NTUPES
27
Sep
CHINESE TAIPEI: Premier League
Hang Yuen - Taichung Futuro
27
Sep
CHINESE TAIPEI: Premier League
Tainan City - Taipower
26
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Fiorentina
26
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Manchester United
26
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Madrid
26
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Chelsea
27
Sep
KOREA REP.: K-League Championship round
Daegu FC - Ulsan
27
Sep
KOREA REP.: K-League Championship round
Sangju Sangmu - Jeonbuk Motors
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 3
FC Sakhalin - Znamya Noginsk
27
Sep
KOREA REPUBLIC: K-League 2
Gyeongnam FC - Asan Mugunghwa
27
Sep
RUSSIA: PFL, Group 2
Chita - Leningradets
27
Sep
KOREA REP.: K-League: Relegation Round
Busan I Park - Gangwon FC
27
Sep
KOREA REP.: K-League: Relegation Round
Seongnam - Incheon United
26
Sep
KOREA REPUBLIC: K-League 2
Ansan Greeners - Daejeon Citizen
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Shkendija - Tottenham Hotspur
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Manchester City - Bournemouth
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Lincoln City - Liverpool
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
AC Milan - Bodo-Glimt
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Leicester City - Arsenal
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Chelsea - Barnsley
22
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Luton - Manchester United
21
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Wolves - Manchester City
21
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Bologna
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Liverpool
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur
20
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
Nice - PSG
20
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Real Madrid
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sampdoria
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Napoli
19
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
19
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Roma
19
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Crystal Palace
17
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Second qualifying round
Lokomotiv Plovdiv - Tottenham Hotspur
17
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Second qualifying round
Shamrock - AC Milan
16
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
PSG - Metz
16
Sep
INTERNATIONAL: Club Friendlies
Barcelona - Girona
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.