EEOC: Something fishy about Bass Pro’s hiring patterns

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Is the assumption that blacks and Hispanics don’t hunt or fish?

An EEOC lawsuit claims the Bass Pro Shops outdoor sporting goods retailer has been discriminating against black and Hispanic job applicants since at least 2005. The alleged reason: Minority employees wouldn’t fit the stores’ “corporate profile.”

The lawsuit accuses Bass Pro Shops of engaging in a pattern or practice of failing to hire blacks and Hispanics for retail positions. The EEOC also says the chain retaliated against employees who opposed the allegedly discriminatory practices.

There are six Bass Pro Shops stores in Texas.

According to the EEOC’s suit, managers at Bass Pro stores in the Houston area “made overtly racially derogatory remarks acknowledging the discriminatory practices, including that hiring black candidates did not fit the corporate profile.” The lawsuit says investigators found evidence that one Houston-area manager referred to Hispanic applicants as “wetback” and “Pedro.”

Bass Pro denied the charges.

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