Black man sues Wells Fargo, says he was denied service

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man is suing Wells Fargo bank for discrimination, saying a banker refused to open an account for him after learning he was Black. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Paul Dawson filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County on Monday. The “Banking While Black” complaint alleges racial discrimination and seeks injunctive relief from the San Francisco-based bank. The complaint says on March 26, Dawson called Wells Fargo to ask about setting up a bank account. Court documents say the bank employee asked if Dawson was Black. After Dawson told him yes, the employee allegedly told Dawson that Wells Fargo “isn’t the bank for you” and hung up. In an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive, Wells Fargo said it was assessing the lawsuit.