Fired Wells Fargo employee files civil rights complaints, employee’s legal battle might clear the way for a national class-action lawsuit

Richard Eggers, a call center worker fired in July for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a laundry machine 49 years ago, has filed state and federal civil rights complaints against Wells Fargo, the firm that did his criminal background check, and federal banking regulators.

Eggers, 68, of Des Moines, filed the complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, according to attorney Leonard Bates, who is representing him for the Newkirk Law Firm.

The complaints clear the way for a possible class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of low-level bank employees like Eggers who have been fired this year under tightened regulations meant to deter the kind of high-level excesses that helped precipitate the global financial crisis, Bates said.

“We have to exhaust our administrative remedies under the law, and that’s why we’ve filed these complaints,” he said.

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