Fired bank worker declines offer to return to work

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 68-year-old Des Moines man fired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime 50 years ago has stirred national interest.

Richard Eggers was fired in July when a background review revealed a 1963 conviction for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a laundromat’s washing machine. He has since received a waiver from the FDIC and Wells Fargo offered to rehire him.

But Eggers says he won’t accept the bank’s offer to return to work unless Wells Fargo changes its background check policy, which he believes discriminates against low-level workers.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. said this week that it’s disappointed that Eggers doesn’t recognize its “responsibility to apply the law equitably and fairly” for all employees.

Eggers was interviewed Wednesday for a November appearance on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.”

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