July 21, 2017

Senator Warren Commends OSHA Decision in Wells Fargo Whistleblower Case

Agency Orders Bank to Reinstate and Compensate Employee After Fake Accounts Scandal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren commended today's decision of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordering Wells Fargo to reinstate and pay $577,500 in back wages, damages, and other fees to a former branch manager that the bank retaliated against.

"Whistleblowers who come forward to call out abusive, predatory, and illegal practices in their workplaces should be applauded, not subjected to retaliation," Senator Warren said. "The Department of Labor made the right decision to hold Wells Fargo accountable for retaliating against this courageous branch manager, and I'm glad that the Department continues to investigate the labor violations at Wells Fargo."

Following last year's revelation of a years-long fake accounts scam at Wells Fargo, Senator Warren urged the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate potential labor violations at the bank, and DOL agreed to conduct a review. During the Senate nominations process for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in March, the senator questioned Acosta about whether he would continue the investigations into Wells Fargo, which he agreed to do.