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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Szendrey-Ramos v. First Bancorp
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The plaintiff, Carmen Szendrey-Ramos, served as general counsel for First Bancorp in Puerto Rico. Szendrey uncovers a report of ethical and legal violations by the bank’s officials and finds irregularities and violations the bank’s Code of Ethics concerning the accounting for bulk purchase of mortgage loans from other financial institutions. She reports the violations to outside counsel for the bank, the Board of Directors and bank officials. Szendrey was fired, the bank blaming her for some of the events she investigated. She sues the bank alleging violations of federal employment law (Title VII) and a number of claims under Puerto Rico law (wrongful discharge, violations of the P.R. Constitution and for defamation and tortuous interference with contracts.
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