Fired Bank Worker Declines Offer to Return to Work

By: The AP Email
By: The AP Email

A 68-year-old Des Moines man fired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime 50 years ago says he won't accept an offer to return to work unless the company changes its background checks policy.

Richard Eggers says the policy discriminates against low-level workers. He was fired in July for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine at a Laundromat in 1963.

Banks have been firing employees like Eggers since new federal banking and mortgage employment guidelines were enacted. The regulations are aimed at bank employees guilty of identity theft or money laundering.

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Vickee Adams says the company is disappointed Eggers rejected the job offer and didn't recognize its "responsibility to apply the law equitably and fairly" for all employees.

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