Colton, CA asked in Employment Discrimination for California

Q: I worked at Wells Fargo for 13 years and throughout my time there there was many incidents that I was passed up for

Promotions. Last incident was I was expected to be acting branch manager since we didn’t have one. Perform and run the branch and I applied for the opening and wasn’t even considered for an interview. I worked as acting branch manager for 2 months. I was a service manager and my qualifications weren’t enough to get a fair opportunity. I then searched for another job and my district manager became upset and was already looking for my replacement before I even was certain that I was leaving. She told my manager you need to “hold her accountable” until her last day.

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I am sorry this has happened to you. It is always disappointing when a company does not reward years of quality work with promotions. However, an employer has the right to promote, not promote, demote, discipline and terminate any employee at any time and for any reason. The only way your facts would suggest a viable legal claim is if you could prove this was happening to you because of your gender, or race, or religion, or any other legally protected classification of people. Your post does not disclose facts of such an unlawful motive.

If you do have facts that would support an unlawful motive, it would be wise for you to locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site, or go to, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.

Most employment attorneys who practice this area of law offer a free or low cost consultation in the beginning and then, if the matter has merit and value, will usually agree to work on a contingency basis, meaning you can hire an attorney without paying any money until the matter results in a positive outcome for you. Many advance all the costs of the litigation as well. Do not let fear of fees and costs keep you from finding a good attorney.

Good luck to you.

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