People with disabilities who were discriminated against by Wells Fargo can now file a claim for compensation.
On May 31, the U.S. Department of Justice and Wells Fargo announced a settlement requiring the bank to distribute up to $16 million to compensate people with disabilities. The Justice Department had accused Wells Fargo of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing by refusing to accommodate them in its telephone services.
According to the Justice Department, “Any person who experienced disability-based discrimination that happened before May 31, 2011 in violation of Title III of the ADA based on something Wells Fargo or Wachovia did or didn’t do may be eligible for compensation under this Settlement Agreement. All types of disability discrimination can be claimed; for example, physical inaccessibility at bank branches, policies that cause barriers to equal access by individuals with disabilities, and refusal to accept relay calls are just a few types of discrimination based on disability.”
To file for a claim, individuals can send their name, address, email address, and day and evening telephone numbers by email to WFclaims@usdoj.gov or by leaving a message at 1-866-708-1273 or 1-866-544-5309. All claims must be filed by January 29, 2012.
More information on the settlement can be accessed here.