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Hello, I would like to file a BOFE or some such claim with the proper authorities but I need it to be anonymous. My wife has taken a job with Wells Fargo Bank in Cost Mesa as a mortgage underwriter. The bank is using her and all of her associates in a sweat shop style environment. She is told that she must complete whatever work they give her and that she can’t go home until it is done. For the past month, she has been going in the office around 7 a.m. and last night she didn’t leave until after 10 p.m.! She and the others in her office are told that they not only have to complete the assignment but that they can receive no overtime until they make their assigned quotas. I am not even sure she is allowed to take breaks or lunch. At the very least, she feels she can't or else she will have to stay even longer. Now, I know that she can file a BOFE claim but it has to be in writing and must have her signature. The problem with that is that 1) She will probably be fired and 2) she will never be able to get another job in the underwriting business as banks get references from other banks. She like many of her associates have been out of work for over 2 years and the thought of losing this job is terrifying to her. BTW, my daughter is a recruiter for Robert Half and she has made numerous comments about how Wells Fargo is basically skirting if not in direct violation of many of the laws but because they are so big and the economic conditions are such that they can get away with it. Something needs to be done about this. Wells Fargo needs to be investigated for their labor and employment practices. I do believe that there are the ingredients of a class action suit here. I would appreciate any advice you can give. This is killing my wife and she is older having in the underwriting business for a long time! Thanks.
Just as reference, I am a business executive and have founded 6 high technology companies in Silicon Valley. As such, I am aware of the labor laws relating to my employees, executives, temps and consultants. I am not an expert but I do know when something isn't right.
Thanks for your guidance.
What I would like to be able to do is to file a complaint anonomously so that the situation can be investigated but without identifying my wife either directly or indirectly. Do you know if and where that can be done?
As to this happening to others, it is happening to most of the other three month hires in her office. It has also happened at other facilities in Northern California that we know of.
My wife in particular was hired by Wells Fargo in Nothern California. She went to work, was there for only a couple of weeks and then they nonchalantly came in and announced that they were closing the office and let everyone go!
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