ST. LOUIS — A loan coordinator and administrative assistant is suing a Missouri trust corporation, citing alleged wrongful termination.

Amanda Dugal filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division against FortuneBank, alleging that the defendant discharged her because she provided information regarding a possible violation of law by the bank and certain directors, officers, and other employees of the institution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in February 2017, she was interviewed by a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. investigator regarding the Gosling OTR Portfolio. After providing information to the investigator, she claims she was placed on administrative leave and was given a separation agreement from the bank that she refused to sign. She says she was then terminated. 

The plaintiff holds FortuneBank responsible because of the alleged attempt to use her as a scapegoat for the bank's losses, it failed to know its actions would damage her, and it acted with "evil motive" and reckless indifference to the rights of the employee, the complaint states.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual damages in excess of $75,000, with punitive damages, attorneys' fees, costs, and for such further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Talmage E. Newton IV and Brandy B. Barth of Newton Barth LLP in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division case number 4:17-cv-02318-PLC

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