TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — A former bank manager is suing her former employer after allegedly getting fired for bringing her gun inside a Wells Fargo bank.
According to The Tampa Tribune, Ivette Ros has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank over the termination because she said it violated her second amendment right to carry a firearm.
“I’m a manager of a bank,” Ros told the Tribune. “We have a lot of robberies that happen in our banks. I feel safer having that weapon if I ever needed to protect my employees.”
Ros was turned into Wells Fargo superiors after someone reported her having her gun inside the Wells Fargo Oldsmar branch. She was fired following an investigation for violating the company’s ban for employees carrying firearms inside banks.
“I am within my constitutional right,” Ros told the Tribune. “The bank is one of the places that I am able to carry a weapon to. My weapon was concealed. I have a certified license.”
Ros’ attorney, Noel Flasterstein, told the Tribune that the bank cannot discriminate against law-abiding employees.
“Just because it’s in their handbook doesn’t mean it is correct or it will withstand a legal scrutiny or a legal investigation, which is what we’re doing in this case,” Flasterstein explained to the Tribune.
Flasterstein continued: “She’s a good person who elected to defend herself as she is constitutionally permitted. The second amendment is not a privilege. It’s a freaking right.”
A Wells Fargo spokeswoman says the company stands by its decision.
“Team members are strictly prohibited from possession of firearms and weapons on company premises,” spokeswoman Kathy Harrison told the Tribune.
Ros is seeking monetary damages from losing her job and attorney fees.
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