Woman Fired for 1972 Shoplifting Charges

by | May 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM | General

A Milwaukee woman says she’s feeling robbed after losing her five-year job as a customer service rep with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s local branch last week.

Despite what she called a long record of hard work with Wells Fargo, Yolanda Quesada was terminated over a pair of shoplifting arrests from 1972, The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.

Quesada, now 58, was 18 at the time of the charges. She says she twice stole clothes she needed for work; she was fined $50 the first time and received a year’s probation for the second offense.

Water under the bridge? Not to Wells Fargo, which defended the move in a statement to the Journal Sentinel that cites a rigorous new background check – including FBI records – for their Home Mortgage division.

“Due to legal requirements and changes in the regulatory environment, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has been performing a thorough background check on all mortgage team members that includes a fingerprint check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2010 on new employees, and on existing employees since last year, company spokesman Jim Hines told the paper. “Because Wells Fargo is an insured depository institution, we are bound by federal law that generally prohibits us from hiring or continuing the employment of any person who we know has a criminal record involving dishonesty or breach of trust.”

But to Quesada, her 40-year-old arrests hardly amount to a criminal record worth firing her over.

“They never let me say what happened, explain myself, nothing,” Quesada, told the Journal Sentinel.

She merely wants her $33,000-a-year job back.

“I changed my life. I went to school. I went to college. I didn’t graduate, but I did go and try to be a good person,” she said.

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