Lawsuit: HSBC Bank exec alleges discrimination, unauthorized WhatsApp use

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A current HSBC Bank USA executive claimed in a federal lawsuit she was discriminated and retaliated against for raising regulatory violations involving unauthorized communications by bank employees that were downplayed or ignored by management.

Monique Thacker, an HSBC Bank employee since 2013 and a woman of Indian descent, made the allegations in a discrimination lawsuit filed Aug. 19 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She seeks a jury trial to weigh her claims and determine compensatory damages.

Thacker claimed in her lawsuit she raised concerns in April regarding the unauthorized use of WhatsApp by two private banking employees, less than a week after the bank issued a warning to all employees not to use unauthorized communication channels to conduct firm business. Thacker claimed the two employees were denigrating the compliance department in their WhatsApp chat.

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