Bass Pro Lawsuit: Discriminatory Interviewing Discussed

If you’ve been looking for a good place to eat for lunch, you might want to consider going to the Bass Pro Shops atrium in Louisville. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Kentucky filed a discrimination lawsuit against the restaurant on May 7th. According to the news report, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office “complained that several employees of the defendants had been rude and abusive to black and Hispanic workers who were interviewed during the hiring process.” This is the second lawsuit against the Bass Pro Shops in less than a week.

Bass Pro Lawsuit

On May 6th, The Courier-News published an article stating that plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Bass Pro claimed they were victims of employment discrimination. The article stated that plaintiffs were assigned to work in the drive-through lane of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lexington. According to the article, one plaintiff was assigned to the drive-through lane daily for three years and was subjected to a hostile environment. The other plaintiffs said they never received any explanation as to why they were assigned to drive through the drive-through lane. Additionally, according to the article, plaintiffs claim that they were never provided a salary increase or any promotions or raises that would have made them qualified for promotion based on their race or gender.

As stated above, the EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Bass Pro because they believe they were guilty of discrimination.

They argue that because the store’s marketing materials to indicate that all of their associates work at a nationwide retailer, the store is guilty of promoting or advertising policies that discriminate based on race, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected class. According to the news report, the EEOC sent a letter to the national retail chains requiring them to provide documentation that “treats all qualified job applicants equally with regard to age, race, national origin, gender, and disability.” In addition to requiring national retailers to provide documentation, the EEOC also warns that they may file a lawsuit if their complaint is not met with adequate proof.

The EEOC’s lawsuit against Bass Pro not only charges the corporation with violating Title VII, but they also say the company promoted a physically disabled employee, promoted another applicant who has a physical handicap, and failed to hire a Hispanic applicant who is in a wheelchair

The article stated that this is not the first time the company has been sued because they have not strictly followed employment hiring discrimination policies. Additionally, the company was instructed to develop and implement policies and procedures that eliminate discrimination. In other words, they must not violate their federal employees’ rights when hiring employees.

This isn’t the first time the Bass Pro Corporation has been in court over allegations of racial discrimination.

In fact, in 2021 they settled a case brought by the EEOC charging them with discriminating due to race, as well as age and disability. According to the news report, the EEOC was not involved in the settlement negotiations. However, the four named plaintiffs say they were unfairly targeted for reasons that don’t relate to their ability to do work, and they want damages for their damages. If the case moves forward, it could be a precedent setting case for companies throughout the nation.

The case has been turned over to an attorney from Shepherd Smith & Brown, LLC, according to court documents.

This legal firm specializes in cases that deal with employers and employment discrimination. The four named plaintiffs are asking for more than $75,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. They claim that the corporation and their former President, Richard Painter, knew about the hiring discrimination and did nothing to stop it.

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