LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Three years after first attempting to make a name change on her bank account, Deirdre O’Byrne of Dublin, Ireland was awarded $6,800 (USD) in compensation after a tribunal ruled she was treated differently than a married couple requesting a name change.
O’Byrne was told by her bank, AIB, that her existing account need to be closed first — something not required of just-married customers. Further, the bank insisted on using her former name while corresponding with her during the entire time it took beginning with filing a complaint to the tribunal’s ruling three years later.
In addition to the award, the Equality Tribunal ordered AIB to review name change policies.
This is bizarre in the sense that the customer willingly gives the bank money so they can function like a bank. AIB joins a number of other banks that have forgotten this.
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