LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2016 — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates has issued a statement regarding the report that a number of Wells Fargo employees were terminated after blowing the whistle on illegal sales practices within the organization. The employees allege Wells Fargo found minor reasons to terminate their employment shortly after they reported the unethical behavior via the ethics hotline.
“Corporate ethics hotlines were designed to give employees an outlet for reporting illegal behavior in the workplace,” Shegerian states. “Instead, Wells Fargo used their ethics hotline to identify employees who were not on board with the egregious decisions made by senior executives.”
“These decisions included asking employees to open bank and credit card accounts that were never authorized by the customer to help Wells Fargo reach internal sales goals,” Shegerian continues. “Employees who refused to engage in these practices paid the ultimate price by losing their jobs.”
“Retaliation comes in many forms, and unfortunately, it is the most common type of discrimination in today’s workplace according to the EEOC,” Shegerian says. “The retaliatory behavior demonstrated by Wells Fargo is typical of an organization who is more interested in their bottom line than protecting their customers and most importantly, their honest and ethical employees.”
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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