Wells Fargo confirms DOJ probe into diversity hiring practices

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into the bank’s “hiring practices related to diversity.”

In a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the bank said government agencies, including the DOJ, have “undertaken formal or informal inquiries or investigations” regarding its hiring practices. Wells Fargo further acknowledged a securities fraud class-action lawsuit it faces alleging the company and some executive officers made “false or misleading statements” about hiring practices related to diversity.

According to the class-action complaint filed in June in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Wells Fargo in 2020 expanded its diverse slate hiring policy, which required “at least 50 percent of interview candidates must represent a historically underrepresented group” for most roles in the United States with compensation greater than $100,000 per year.

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