A former employee of Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging she was retaliated against and wrongfully fired for uncovering and reporting multiple cases of fraudulent activity at the bank.
In her lawsuit, Tracey McEuen, formerly an internal auditor for Riverview Bancorp — corporate parent of Riverview Community Bank — seeks $1.4 million in damages, including for loss of income and health benefits, and emotional distress and loss of reputation.
McEuen was a protected whistleblower but fired for revealing deceptive practices at the bank, including violations of federal regulations and falsification of reports, according to the lawsuit filed on Nov. 19 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
Kim Capeloto, Riverview’s executive vice president for marketing and operations, said Wednesday he had not seen the lawsuit and, as a result, it would be inappropriate for him to comment on it. “Our general policy would be that if it is pending litigation we would not comment on it,” he said. He was informed by voicemail of Riverview employees who are the subject of accusations in the lawsuit.
Court documents show attorneys with the Seattle-based law firm Littler Mendelson are representing Riverview in the case. A representative of the firm told The Columbian on Wednesday that it was unable to comment on the matter.