Ivette Ros is a gun owner who takes her gun with her almost everywhere she goes. She is a 37-year-old single mother of 3 and having her gun with her gives her the added peace of mind that she can protect herself or her family if the need arises.
But Wells Fargo just caught Ros bringing her gun to work and decided to fire the branch manager.
Ros is now suing the bank for violating her constitutional rights and other rights and protections offered under Florida law. But Wells Fargo bans employees from bringing guns to work except in special conditions and the bank is saying that they can’t be sued over constitutional violations.
According to Marketwatch.com,
Says the bank: “Possessing firearms and weapons on company premises or at company-sponsored events is dangerous to team members and is strictly prohibited.”
Says Ros: “Excuse me for saying so, but I feel like I was screwed.”
Wells Fargo declined to comment on the specifics of Ros’ case. According to Ros, it happened like this: She had been working for about a year as a branch manager in Oldsmar, a suburb of Tampa. Sometimes she’d bring her gun with her, but leave it locked in the glove box of her Dodge Charger. Other times she’d bring it inside the bank, either strapped in a holster or tucked inside her purse.
To Ros, it seemed natural. She has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Her father, a hunter, taught her how to shoot when she was a child. Ros said she’s never drawn a gun on anyone but likes knowing it’s an option — particularly in a bank, which could be vulnerable to robbery.
“I don’t want to be made out to be some tomb raider,” said Ros, 37 and a single mom of three. “I am a woman who would like to have an opportunity to protect herself.”
She added: “I am a single mom, I’m fairly attractive, sometimes I get unwanted advances. I just want to know that if I was ever up against any man — this isn’t about going out blazing, this is about being able to defend myself if I ever have to.”
One of the big questions in all of this is how the bank even knew Ros had a gun at all. Somehow the bank received a complaint that Ros was bringing a gun to work, even though she always kept it concealed, whether in her purse and using a concealed carry holster. Corporate security came to the bank one day and asked Ros if she had a gun in her car and if she ever brought it into the bank. She admitted she did and the next week she was fired.
“They overreacted,” said Ros’ lawyer, Noel Flasterstein. “Because they’re probably anti-gun. Who knows?”
Ros hit the nail on the head with that one. If this were about keeping everyone safe at the bank the company would not have fired her. After all, in a violent bank robbery situation the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good
guy gal with a gun.
This will be an interesting case to watch. Ros is suing for a very reasonable amount as well. She wants $15,000 plus attorney fees.
Her attorney says she would have a stronger case if she left her gun in her car since Florida law says that no company can stop it’s employees from keeping their guns locked in their cars on company property.
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