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Wells Fargo Lawfully Fired Employees Over Background Checks, Appeals Court Says

The panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court upheld a Wells Fargo employment policy that allows the bank to fire employees or not consider job applicants based on criminal records. Ruling against 10 African-American and Latino workers who alleged discriminatory employment practices, the decision will allow the bank to continue to fire and no longer consider those with a criminal background history which has resulted in the termination of a higher rate of minorities over white workers. The issue at hand focused on a federal provision that bars any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense involving dishonesty or a breach of trust from working at or continuing to work at a financial institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).

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