Oversight

House subcommittee votes to subpoena CFPB, employees’ union officials

CFPB_LogoThe House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations voted on Tuesday to subpoena CFPB officials and a union representative as part of the subcommittee’s investigation into allegations of discrimination and retaliation at the agency.

According to a release by the subcommittee, the CFPB refused to allow witnesses to testify on the allegations after they were invited before the subcommittee in March.

The subpoena will require Stacey Bach, the assistant director of the CFPB’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity; Liza Strong, the CFPB’s director of employee relations; and Ben Konop, the executive vice president of the employees’ union, to appear before the subcommittee.

In March, reports of discrimination and retaliation by CFPB managers emerged, leading the subcommittee to open an investigation.

Angela Martin, a senior enforcement attorney at the CFPB and a board member of the CFPB employees’ union, testified before the subcommittee in early April that after filing a discrimination complaint she was subsequently reassigned within the agency.

Monica Raucci, an outside investigator hired by the CFPB to investigate Martin’s claims, said her investigation found that the “general environment” in the department from which Martin was dismissed “is one of exclusion, retaliation, discrimination, nepotism, demoralization, devaluation and other offensive working conditions which constitute a toxic workplace for many of its employees.”

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