On April 6, 2023, Wigdor LLP filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit on behalf of Isabelle Mitura against Finco Services, Inc., d/b/a Current, Stuart Sopp and Alex Sergiyenko. While Current is fond of repeating social justice buzzwords, and while its CEO loves to boast to the press about how Current makes banking services available to more diverse communities, Ms. Mitura’s experience there shows that this is all lip service.
Isabelle Mitura was fired from her position at Current after taking leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for breast cancer surgery. Shortly before she was set to return, her supervisor Alex Sergiyenko terminated her, telling her openly that her replacements had built relationships within the company while she was on leave—an open admission that he made his decision because of her leave status. Even before that, she faced an openly hostile environment based on her sex, race and age, being disparaged constantly by Mr. Sergiyenko that she was an “old woman” and that she was an “old Asian with no kids.” None of this is coincidence, as all available evidence shows that Current’s recent layoffs have disproportionately impacted women and people of color.
Current is not above the law just because its executives pay lip service to social justice causes, or because many of its customers are Black, as Mr. Sopp is fond of repeating to press outlets. Ms. Mitura is bringing this claim to vindicate her rights under federal and local laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation.
Statement from Wigdor attorneys Valdi Licul and John Crain:
“No employee should have to work in an environment where they are disparaged because of their sex, race or age. And no employee should lose their job because they complained about discrimination or took protected medical leave. Ms. Mitura deserved better. We look forward to holding Current responsible.”