HSBC accused of denying bonus following harassment claims

An HSBC worker claims the bank giant denied him a bonus as part of an ongoing campaign of retaliation for speaking out about harassment against a colleague, according to new court papers.

The New York Post reports that Michael Picarella, 47, sued his employer in Manhattan federal court earlier this year, claiming the firm demoted him after he reported sexual harassment allegations.

He and another colleague said they raised alarm bells when a supervisor allegedly tried to force a female colleague to sleep with a senior banker.

Picarella, a senior vice president with the bank in New York, is seeking to amend his original complaint, saying the UK-based bank continues to take punitive actions, including denying him a bonus, according to a letter filed by his lawyer late Thursday.

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