A Houston doctor claims she was discriminated against and denied service at JPMorgan Chase Bank’s First Colony Branch in Sugar Land because of her skin color.
Dr. Malika Mitchell-Stewart announced that she has recently completed her residency. She went to Chase’s First Colony Bank on Dec. 18, 2021, to create an account and deposit a $16,000 check she received from her new employment at Valley Oaks Medical Group.
Staff personnel at the bank, according to the lawsuit, raised odd questions regarding the authenticity of her check and her work as a doctor.
“As soon as Dr. Mitchell-Stewart showed employees at First Colony Branch her Check, they immediately treated her like a criminal,” the suit states.
Mitchell-Stewart claimed that bank workers refused to help her and claimed that the check was forged.
“It was an unfortunate situation. They took my special moment away. I felt like a criminal. I’ve never done anything wrong,” said Mitchell-Stewart.”In order to get Texas medical license or a medical license at all, you have to have a clean record. You have to go to school for so many years, and they just didn’t care. They didn’t respect that. They didn’t respect my credentials.”
“Dr. Mitchell-Stewart showed proof of identification. She showed proof that she was a doctor by presenting a business card. She even called employees from her medical group to confirm who she was,” added her attorney, Justin Moore.