'Blessed Day': Fired Bank Teller Fights Dismissal for Well-Wish

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 05:18 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A Kentucky bank teller fired because she told customers to "have a blessed day" has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank.

Polly Neace, who worked at U.S. Bank for more than 20 years, said she was warned to stop saying that phrase to customers.

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“I was told that I was not allowed to tell customers to have a blessed day any anymore, and that there had been several complaints,” Neace told Fox News. “I told them that I didn’t agree with that, that I had been saying it for over two years at that point without complaint from anybody, management, anything. Ultimately, I was let go because of it.”

“At U.S. Bank, we hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers, and take violations of these standards seriously,” a US Bank statement said. "We believe that this lawsuit is without merit and believe the facts presented in future legal proceedings will justify our actions."

Neace’s attorney, Jeff Blankenship, said Neace quit saying "have a blessed day" after she was written up, although she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But several months later, he told Fox News, she complained about it and mentioned that she should just go back to using the phrase.

“The very next day she was fired,” Blankenship told Fox.

In the copy of the ethical violation writeup done by U.S. Bank, Neace’s supervisor also said Neace called a customer to task for using the Lord’s name in vain and talked with him about salvation, including quoting scripture.

“Effective immediately, you will no longer discuss the subject of faith or religion with customers and co-workers alike,” the writeup said.

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