Compliance Officer with Disability Sues Morgan Stanley
A risk officer at Morgan Stanley’s Aventura, Fla., complex has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the firm, alleging that she was denied a bonus and isolated by supervisors after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
In a complaint filed in March and transferred on Friday to a federal court in the Southern District of Florida, Stephanie Quadros said the firm violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to accommodate her health issues and by undermining her reputation after her August 2015 diagnosis.
The lawsuit, among other things, seeks unspecified compensatory damages, reinstatement of her earlier position as complex risk officer and back-pay commensurate with her former position.
Quadros, who has worked at Morgan Stanley for three-and-a-half years and in compliance positions since 2006 at HSBC Securities, CItigroup and Wells Fargo Advisors, alleges that her supervisor began excluding her from e-mail communications and meetings with co-workers about 10 months after her diagnosis, gave her a negative performance review and denied her an annual bonus.
“Plaintiff was qualified for her position and performed all of her duties in an exemplary fashion in a satisfactory or above satisfactory manner,” the complaint says.
The lawsuit also alleges that Morgan Stanley initially refused her request to work remotely to avoid aggravating her disease and allergies through exposure to drywall and high temperatures, and then shifted her to a branch farther from her home, despite having lost her ability to drive.
Her supervisor, Melissa Wagner, who is not a defendant but was named in the complaint, did not return a call to her office.
A Morgan Stanley spokeswoman declined to comment on the case.
Quadros, who was granted the right to bring the disabilities suit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, remains registered with Morgan Stanley, according to BrokerCheck. Her lawyer, Peter M. Hoogerwoerd, declined to comment further on the case.
In addition to citing the violation of the federal ADA, the lawsuits also cites violations of a Florida civil rights statute.
Morgan Stanley and TD Ameritrade were sued earlier this year by visually impaired customers claiming that many pages of the firms’ brokerage websites were unnecessarily difficult to access or navigate.