B of A Fires Employee, Must Pay $1M to Make Up For It
10:24 am, September 15th | by Amy Tennery
Well, here’s something that kind of puts that whole 280,000-person layoff plan in perspective.
An employee who was fired from Bank of America in 2008 has just been awarded a $1 million restitution by the U.S. Department of Labor. Of course, figuring out why she was fired in the first place is a bit of a murky issue.
First, let’s back up. The employee in question was actually working at B of A’s Countrywide Financial group, according to the New York Post, when she reportedly blew the whistle on some of her allegedly shady coworkers.
Now, according to her version of events, she was fired for speaking up. But, according to a statement from B of A, there were other issues, such as her “management style,” which (as the Post notes) the bank declined to elaborate upon. “The bank’s actions in dismissing this associate were solely based on issues with her management style, and in no way related to the complaints and allegations she made,” the spokesperson said.
Why it should come as a shock to B of A that it got in trouble for firing an employee for the vaguest reason ever after she just accused her colleagues of being shady is beyond understanding.
The employee has apparently been given her job back — which should be great for a few months, until she’s laid off along with pretty much everyone else at the company.