A former JP Morgan Chase bank worker who labored at a Carson department alleges she was harassed and later wrongfully fired in 2019 for taking an prolonged medical go away after struggling postpartum despair subsequent to the start of her second youngster.
Joanna Herrera-Ceja’s Los Angeles Superior Court docket lawsuit additionally names as a defendant Ashli Jernigan, recognized within the criticism because the department supervisor on the Chase department within the SouthBay Pavilion mall on Avalon Boulevard.
The lawsuit’s allegations embrace wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, retaliation, interference with being pregnant incapacity go away and harassment. She seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages within the swimsuit filed Thursday.
A Chase consultant couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Herrera-Ceja was employed at Chase in September 2015 as a relationship banker liable for promoting monetary providers and fostering consumer relationships with the bank, the swimsuit states. All through her employment, she constantly exceeded her month-to-month gross sales objectives, in accordance with the swimsuit.
Herrera-Ceja says she grew to become pregnant in March 2016 and informed Jernigan a few month later that she was resulting from ship in early November of that yr.
The plaintiff took her maternity go away beneath the state Household and Medical Go away Act in October 2016 and returned in February 2017, at which era she requested Jernigan if she may switch to a department nearer to dwelling as a way to take care of her new child and cut back her commute time, the swimsuit states.
Jernigan replied angrily that she would communicate to Chase’s govt director, the swimsuit alleges. In the meantime, Herrera-Ceja contacted the department supervisor at a department in Lengthy Seaside nearer to her dwelling, the place there was an open place for a relationship banker, the swimsuit states.
Herrera-Ceja says she arrived as scheduled for her interview on the Lengthy Seaside department, however the department supervisor was not there. When the plaintiff referred to as the Lengthy Seaside department supervisor to ask what occurred, the latter informed her that Jernigan had referred to as and mentioned Herrera-Ceja wouldn’t be attending the interview, in accordance with the lawsuit.
Based on the plaintiff, the Lengthy Seaside department interview was rescheduled for later that day and she or he was supplied and accepted the place. However when Herrera-Ceja informed Jernigan that she accepted the job in Lengthy Seaside, Jernigan refused to permit her to switch, explaining that the plaintiff was one among her greatest bankers, the swimsuit alleges.
Jernigan later modified Herrera-Ceja’s hours in order that the plaintiff needed to go away work later within the day than she wished, referred to as her “selfish” and mentioned that she solely cared about cash and micromanaged her interactions with purchasers, the swimsuit alleges.
After Herrera-Ceja grew to become pregnant once more in January 2018, Jernigan mentioned, “Wow, you heifer … how come you didn’t want to tell me?” and the plaintiff walked away with out answering, the swimsuit alleges. Later, Jernigan threatened to revoke the plaintiff’s deliberate trip, despite the fact that Herrera-Ceja had booked worldwide flights and accommodations, in accordance with the plaintiff.
In one other interplay, Jernigan “violently swung” a chair earlier than inserting it between her and the plaintiff at a time Herrera-Ceja was six months pregnant, the swimsuit alleges. Jernigan additionally allegedly harassed the plaintiff for carrying flat-heeled sneakers as an alternative of excessive heels and commented on her rising stomach dimension.
Herrera-Ceja gave start to her second youngster in September 2018, however later suffered postpartum despair and was positioned on medical go away that was prolonged three months later with Chase’s approval so she may have extra time to recuperate, in accordance with her court docket papers. She says she later discovered that Chase had posted her place as open to candidates.
Herrera-Ceja says she abided by Chase’s directions for requesting further go away time in May 2019, however the bank refused and she or he was fired the next month.
Herrea-Ceja has incurred medical bills and suffered humiliation, embarrassment, emotional misery and substantial losses in earnings and job advantages, in accordance with the swimsuit.
Banker Alleges She Was Harassed, Wrongfully Fired Over Being pregnant Go away was final modified: January 18th, 2021 by
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