WASHINGTON A top official who handles employee discrimination complaints at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is among the "whistle-blowers" testifying before Congress on Thursday.
Florine Williams, a senior equal employment specialist at the CFPB's Office of Civil Rights, is among the two whistle-blowers slated to appear before a House Financial Services subcommittee on employee allegations of discrimination and retaliation by management. The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee released the names late Monday, which also include the CFPB's local union chapter president and an examiner, Robert Cauldwell.
Cauldwell was one of eight employees who spoke with American Banker in a story last week that found the CFPB held the most Equal Employment Opportunity complaints among the four bank regulators for the first half of 2015. Williams' testimony is likely to be key since she works for the office that handles those EEO complaints.
Williams "will testify about mismanagement of the Office of Civil Rights, as well as numerous instances of discrimination and retaliation that she has witnessed while working at the bureau," the subcommittee said in its June 22 memorandum. Cauldwell "will testify about incidents of discrimination and retaliation at the CFPB that he has observed, and that have been alleged by members of the union chapter he leads."
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday.