A former employee of First Bells Bankshares in Bells, north of Dallas, has filed a discrimination lawsuit alleging that the Texas bank fired her after she refused to be demoted.
Diana Richerson, a 14-year employee of First Bells, claims that when Alan Renfroe became bank president in 2009, he suggested that she should retire by the end of the year. Richerson complained, but was allegedly told to handle the problem herself.
Then in December 2009, Richerson claims Renfroe told her that she was being demoted to a teller position with lower pay. After refusing to accept the demotion, Richerson was fired.
Richerson’s suit accuses the bank of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She is seeking actual damages, damages for mental anguish, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, court costs and interest.