Wells Fargo was sued last week by a former employee for allegedly misusing forfeited funds in its 401(k) plan, in a recent uptick of forfeiture lawsuits continuing the trend of employers facing scrutiny for using 401(k) plan forfeitures to reduce employer contributions.

Former employee Thomas Matula Jr. is alleging that the Wells Fargo & Company 401(k) plan violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and "wrongfully and consistently" misused 401(k) plan assets for the company's own benefit instead of for the benefit of participants, in a proposed class-action lawsuit in California federal court. Plan assets "have been wrongfully diverted out of the plan," according to the suit.

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