Outdoor retailer denies discrimination allegations
HOUSTON - A spokesperson for Bass Pro Outdoor World denied allegations in a federal lawsuit that the company has engaged in racial descrimination in their hiring practices since as early as 2005.
The Equal Opportunity Commission filed the suit in U. S. District Court in Houston, claiming qualified African-Americans and Hispanics were routinely denied positions at Bass Pro stores. They also claimed managers at the stores in Louisiana, Houston and other locations made racist comments acknowledging the practice.
Mike Rowland, Vice President-Human Resources for Bass Pro, said in a press release that they're taking the accusations very seriously.
"The EEOC's allegations are contrary to our profound respect for and commitment to our team of experienced and knowledgeable associates, and we are determined to prove them wrong," he said.
The suit also claims Bass Pro destroyed documents connected to the applicants, and retaliated against those that spoke up against the practice. Rowland said they provided more than 250,000 documents to the EEOC and that the commission made "unrealistic" demands to the company.
Bass Pro is based in Springfield, Mo.