NEW ORLEANS – A Paulina woman
formerly employed at a Plattenville bank alleges she was unlawfully terminated.
Jessica Kell filed a complaint on Feb. 22 in the
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Iberville
Bank and its successor First Bancshares Inc., alleging that the former employer
violated the Bank Secrecy Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was
employed as a vice president for Iberville Bank at the Plattenville branch and
was authorized to submit suspicious activity reports. The suit states officers
at the bank filed to tell the plaintiff about a $700,000 loss in the insurance
division. The plaintiff alleges she was informed of the loss in October 2015
and was instructed not to contact law enforcement. She states she was placed on
probation in February 2016 for pretextual reasons and then terminated in March
The plaintiff holds Iberville Bank and its
successor First Bancshares Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly
discriminated against her and discharged her from employment for providing
information of a $700,000 loss to a federal supervisory agency.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks
an order that this complaint be deemed good and sufficient, and after trial,
that she be awarded full back pay, reinstatement, compensatory damages,
attorney's fees and costs and all other relief that the court may deem just and
proper. She is represented by Christina L. Carroll of Robein, Urann, Spencer,
Picard & Cangemi in Metairie.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01527