Wells Fargo employees claim they were fired for refusing to create fake accounts

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By: Rob Smith

Wells Fargo employees claim they were retaliated against for reporting unethical demands to meet the company's sales goals.

Wells Fargo paid $185 million in fines and fired 5,300 employees for creating millions of fake accounts, but a half dozen workers who spoke to CNN say they were fired for speaking up!

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One banker said he refused to open up phony accounts and was fired 8 days after calling an ethics line to report the requests.

A former Wells Fargo Human Resources official said the bank conspired to fire employees for minimal offenses after they made calls to the ethics hotline. He said:

"If this person was supposed to be at the branch at 8:30 a.m. and they showed up at 8:32 a.m, they would fire them,"

Wells Fargo disputes the claims, saying "We do not tolerate retaliation against team members who report their concerns in good faith."

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