The social media firestorm over a Texas pool party incident touched Bank of America this week.
YouTube videos showing a white police officer pushing a black teenager in a bikini to the ground at a pool party have prompted widespread outrage and led to the officer’s resignation Tuesday. One clip shows an adult white woman shouting amid a scuffle with black teens.
The Charlotte bank found itself the subject of allegations on social media that the adult woman was a bank employee. Some on Twitter cited what they said were screen shots of the woman’s Facebook profile – apparently taken down – that had identified her as an “MLO Floor Manager at Bank of America Home Loans.” A petition on change.org calling on the bank to fire the woman had garnered more than 5,000 signatures Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the bank said in a Twitter post that it had investigated and determined the woman was not an employee.
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“We’ve concluded our investigation and the woman identified is not a Bank of America employee but works with a vendor company. We have asked the vendor to investigate and take action,” two Bank of America tweets read. The bank declined to comment further or say whether the woman had worked for the bank.
The woman works for CoreLogic, a real-estate data company that does business with Bank of America, according to a statement from CoreLogic.
She has been placed on administrative leave, the company said.
“CoreLogic does not condone violence, discrimination or harassment and takes conduct that is inconsistent with our values and expectations very seriously,” the statement said. “As a result of these pending allegations, we have placed the employee in question on administrative leave while further investigations take place.”
The video that purports to show the woman’s actions has been viewed on YouTube more than 100,000 times. Researcher Maria David contributed.