Teller Claims Sexual Harassment By Chairman, CEO
ATLANTA – A former teller at State Employees CU filed suit federal court Friday against the president and the chairman of the board claiming she was subject to sexual harassment during her three years at the credit union and was fired for insubordination because of her repeated complaints.
The suit was only filed after it was cleared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which reviewed the complaints of the one-time teller, Carla Bond, who worked for the credit union from Jan. 6, 2006 to March 16, 2009. Bond claims she was subject to regular sexual comments and advances by the two men, but no action was taken.
The former teller lost her job, according to the suit, after she angrily responded to a false rumor spread through employees of the $215 million credit union about her and a male executive frolicking naked in the bank vault. The suit claims that Bond’s complaint was downplayed when she went to complain to her supervisor, who told her to “laugh it off.” The suit claims the teller was fired two days later for insubordination after she continued to complain to the supervisor.
The former teller is requesting reinstatement and back pay and compensatory damages from the credit union.
SECU officials could not be reached to comment.