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Senator Elizabeth Warren says Labor Dept dismantled website for Wells Fargo workers
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday accused the U.S. Labor Department of dismantling a website designed to help Wells Fargo workers file whistleblower retaliation and other complaints against the bank after Donald Trump became president, an accusation denied by the department.
The controversy surrounding the removal of the page designed to assist Wells Fargo workers comes at the same time that Trump’s administration has been accused of removing web pages on other government sites.
The findings have not been made public, but a person familiar with the review said that OSHA’s San Francisco office, which handled the bulk of the Wells Fargo complaints, faced a particularly high caseload-to-staff ratio.
But Steve Barr, a spokesman for the Labor Department, disputed those claims, saying the web page came down on Jan. 9 – while Barack Obama was still president.
When he launched the site, Perez pledged to Warren he would conduct a top-to-bottom review of all the Wells Fargo complaints the department had received to see how they were handled.
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Labor Department has taken down Wells Fargo complaint site, Warren says
She is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which oversees the Labor Department.
Read: Warren and fellow senators push Wells Fargo on reports of retaliatory filings with regulator“Taking down this website enables Wells Fargo to escape full responsibility for its fraudulent actions and the department to shirk its outstanding obligations to American workers,” wrote Warren.
Read also: Senate Dems say Wells Fargo not responding to fraud info requestsThe site was created by former Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez last September after Wells Fargo settled with several regulators for the unauthorized opening of as many as 2 million checking and credit card accounts.
Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to know what’s happened to the Department of Labor’s special Wells Fargo WFC, -1.03% website, the one for current and former employees with whistleblower retaliation and pay complaints.
See also: Prudential allegations complicate Wells Fargo’s work with new partnersIn September of last year Wells Fargo settled with regulators, paying more than $190 million for the violations and harm to customers.