Appeals Court Resurrects Discrimination Lawsuit Against Dillard's

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COLUMBIA (AP) - More than a dozen black shoppers will be allowed to continue their lawsuit against a Columbia Dillard's, claiming the department store chain discriminated against them. The plaintiffs alleged store employees followed them around the store, refused to let them return merchandise and generally treated them differently from white shoppers. A federal judge in Jefferson City threw out most of the plaintiff's claims, saying they didn't adequately show the employees' actions were because of the shoppers' race. The judge also said they hadn't shown state laws against discrimination in public accommodations included stores. But a federal appeals court overruled the judge yesterday, saying the plaintiffs did have enough evidence to suggest discriminatory policies and that the case should go forward.

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