- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa woman is suing Wells Fargo after she was fired for bringing a gun to work.

Ivette Ros, 37, has a concealed weapons permit, and the is a single mother says she feels safer having the weapon with her. She told the Tampa Tribune (https://bit.ly/MMtf7b) in a story published Saturday that she brought the gun to her job at Oldsmar branch bank so she could protect other employees from potential robbers.

“I feel naked when I don’t have my gun,” she told the paper.

Ros has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging she lost her job last year for exercising her constitutional right to bear arms.

Wells Fargo Spokeswoman Kathy Harrison declined to talk about the court case. She said the company has clear rules prohibiting employees from bringing weapons onto its premises. The company does offer an exception when a state allows individuals to keep permitted weapons in their locked vehicles in a company parking lot.

Ros said sometimes she left the weapon in her locked car in the parking lot, but she also brought it inside. Ros said she never openly displayed it, but someone reported her to the bank.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com

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