Texas woman accuses Capital One Bank of retaliation

By Robbie Hargett | Nov 11, 2015

A Texas woman is suing Capital One Bank, alleging it retaliated against her for resisting its discriminatory practices.

Karen S. Tipton filed a lawsuit Nov. 5 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Capital One, National Association, doing business as Capital One Bank, alleging disparate treatment, retaliation, harassment and malice.

Tipton, now 48, was hired by Capital One in July 1985 and promoted to district manager for the East Texas District in 2004, the position she held until she was terminated. The suit alleges in 2013, Capital One began a program to force out older employees and a supervisor pressured Tipton to force out older workers under the guise that these employees did not fit the image the company wished to project.

According to the suit, Tipton resisted engaging in these discriminatory practices, resulting in lower performance ratings. Tipton was then informed that she had secretly been placed on a performance improvement plan in September 2013, the lawsuit states, an act that violates the company's policy because Tipton had received no notice of being put on the plan.

The plaintiff was terminated in May 2014, the suit alleges due to her age and in retaliation for her resistance to the company's discriminatory practices.

Tipton seeks actual, compensatory, liquidated and punitive damages, as well as interests, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney Roger W. Anderson of Gillen & Anderson in Tyler.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:15-cv-01716-JRG-RSP.

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