If you’re a bank teller, don’t tell customers to “have a blessed day.” That’s the obtuse lesson that was forced upon a veteran teller of 24 years, who had been telling customers at her northern Kentucky branch to be “blessed” for years, despite the bank evidently advising her to stop. Now, she’s suing the bank because of illegal firing on grounds of religious discrimination – the very act that the bank says she was forcing on customers by telling them to be “blessed.”
Polly Neace is suing the U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky because she says the bank terminated her over her devout religious beliefs. The bank says that Neace is welcome to believe and practice her faith as she sees fit, but that she had been warned multiple times over the years about sharing her beliefs and even engaging customers with her somewhat stifling religious views.
Reports NewsMax: “In the copy of the ethical violation writeup done by U.S. Bank, Neace’s supervisor also said Neace called a customer to task for using the Lord’s name in vain and talked with him about salvation, including quoting scripture.”
“I was told that I was not allowed to tell customers to have a blessed day anymore, and that there had been several complaints,” Neace said. “I told them that I didn’t agree with that, that I had been saying it for over two years at that point without complaint from anybody, management, anything. Ultimately, I was let go because of it.”
U.S. Bank management disagrees, and said that complaints started coming way back in 2011 against Neace. Personnel records show that Neace was reprimanded in 2011, and multiple times since.
U.S. Bank issued the following statement to the media:
At U.S. Bank, we hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers, and take violations of these standards seriously. We believe that this lawsuit is without merit and believe the facts presented in future legal proceedings will justify our actions.
The out-of-work teller says “I say ‘have a blessed day’ all of the time. I don't think there's any better kind of day you can have than a blessed day.”
While that may be her opinion, the phrase carries obvious Christian connotations, and some evidently found the well-wishing phrase upsetting.
Neace’s attorney, Jeff Blankenship, said Neace quit saying "have a blessed day" after she was written up, although she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But several months later, he told Fox News, she complained about it and mentioned that she should just go back to using the phrase.
“The very next day she was fired,” Blankenship told Fox.
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