Black Architect Profiled and Interrogated By Banker
Trish Cole Doolin had recently relocated to Seattle to start a new position as Job Captain in architecture for Nelson Connections. While her move to a new city was sure to have its fair share of challenges, she could have never predicted that she’d find one after depositing a check one morning.
According to Buzzfeed, Doolin was called back to local KeyBank 15 minutes after she deposited a check. When she returned, she was walked into an office and interrogated under suspicion that the check wasn’t authentic. A member of the bank’s staff even went as far as to call her job’s HR department, perform a Google search of the company and ask for her personal desk number.
By the end of the extremely frustrating experience, Doolin was told her check would be placed on hold for 9 days because her account hadn’t been active for more than 30 days.
“When I realized that I was defending who I was, trying to prove to someone I didn’t know who I was, I knew I was being discriminated against,” Doolin told Buzzfeed. “It was just completely demeaning.”
“I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair, no matter how fabulous I look when I walk out the door, I’m still black,” she added. “People still clutch their purses when I walk past.”
After making a Facebook post about the incident, Doolin received a call from KeyBank’s executive office with a formal apology.