SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 22 – Jerome Cook is a 61-year old African American man who says Citigroup refused to hire him back on age and race discrimination. He has sued.
The complaint, docketed on June 22 after 5 pm in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York where Inner City Press found and immediately reported on it, recounts Cook's interviews on March 2, 2020 at 388 Greenwich Street.
Cook said Citigroup VP Swati Rao said she was surprised by his age, telling him, "You know most Senior Associates are 28 years old, don't you?"
Then after texting with someone she led him to the elevators, canceling two other scheduled interviews he had. He was told he was "not a fit."
Later, according to the complaint, Ciitgroup in-house counsel Adriana Barnette told him there were non-discriminatory reasons. He is seeking damages.
The case is Cook v. Citigroup, Inc., 21-cv-5458 (Unassigned)
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