Class action on behalf of DACA recipients and other non-citizens for lending discrimination

Outten & Golden LLP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) represent six individuals with DACA status and the California League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) in a civil rights lending discrimination class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo, Case No. 17-cv-454 (N.D. Cal.). The plaintiffs seek to represent all non-U.S. citizens to whom Wells Fargo  denied credit products due to their lack of citizenship or immigration status in violation of Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Sections 51(b) and 51.5 of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and Section 17200 et seq. of the California Unfair Competition Law. On August 3, 2017, the Court denied, in substantial part, Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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If you have DACA status, a temporary protected status (TPS), or another legally protected status under any United States visa, and you have been denied a student loan, credit card, auto loan, home mortgage, personal loan, or business loan by Wells Fargo because you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, click here to contact plaintiffs’ counsel to talk to us and learn more about your rights. All information will be held strictly confidential.  There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case.


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Wells Fargo is an American multinational banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California.  It is the fourth largest bank in the United States.  According to Plaintiffs, Wells Fargo’s refusal to offer Plaintiff Mitzie Perez and other non-citizens, including DACA recipients, who are members of California LULAC an opportunity to contract for private loans because of its arbitrary citizenship requirements is a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Unfair Competition Law.  USCIS has approved over 1.3 million initial and renewal requests for DACA, and there are thousands of people who do not meet Wells Fargo’s citizenship status requirements.

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Ossai Miazad, partner, Outten & Golden

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