Trinidadian Bank Teller Suing J.P. Morgan Chase


CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 12, 2010: A 26-year-old Trinidad-born bank teller at a J.P. Morgan Chase branch has slapped a lawsuit on her former employer.

Shivana Persad claims she was a victim of ethnic taunts. Persad, who worked at a Chase branch in South Richmond Hill, which is home to many Indo-Guyanese and Trinidadian immigrants, claims her ex-boss, Fazeila Mahedo, was always making ethnic comments to her. The alleged comments included statements like `Trinidadians are lazy compared to the Guyanese,` and `That`s a Trinny thing — she can`t take it.`

Her lawyer, Matthew Blit, said the case sheds light on tensions among Queens ethnic communities `competing . . . for jobs in this economic climate.`

Persad was recently fired from her job.

Neither Chase nor her former boss has commented on the case to sate.


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