Fired CEO Sues, Says Credit Union Demanded He Discriminate

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The former CEO at the 77,000-member, $1.5 billion Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union has sued the Board of Directors of the credit union, both as a group and individually, alleging he was fired for following state and federal laws on equal opportunity hiring.

Oskar Mielczarek began working at the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based credit union in May 2011 and brought with him hopes for leadership stability at the credit union after an extended period of turmoil.

But Mielczarek was dismissed in May 2012 because, he alleged in documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, he had hired and persisted in hiring credit union staff that were not of Polish origin or spoke Polish as a first language.

PSFCU is the nation’s largest ethnically based credit union. Mielczarek is of Polish descent, but is also Hispanic and was reared in Spain, according to the documents.

He also is a Harvard Business School graduate who came to the credit union after working for JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and Barclays in North America and Europe.

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