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By Tom Murray

Milwaukee, WI (WTMJ/CNN) - A Milwaukee woman was fired after five years on the job because she shoplifted 40 years ago.

The bank says it can't legally employ her, even if the crimes were committed back in 1972.

"I'm very good at what I do for Wells Fargo," said Yolanda Quesada.

She says she was a good employee and she has the pins, certificates, and photos to prove it.

[Reporter]: "Highest overall performer?"

"Yes," said Yolanda.

Her supervisor walked her out the door last week, after more than five years of service.

"I think there's more important things in life, than something that I did 40 years ago," said Yolanda.

A job lost, not for performance. It was a background check that revealed two shoplifting convictions from 1972.

"I did do the crime and, you know, I had just come out of high school," said Yolanda.

A Wells Fargo spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, "We are bound by federal law that generally prohibits us from hiring or continuing the employment of any person who we know has a criminal record involving dishonesty or breach of trust."

"Maybe the banks will change the way they do these things and give people consideration for their life," said Yolanda.

She says she worked in phone customer service, never handled cash, and she wants her job back.

"I think I should get it back because it's something I did forty years ago. I paid for it. I've changed my life," said Yolanda.

She wants her job back, but her termination letter says she is no longer eligible to work for Wells Fargo.

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