Court says lawsuit against Missouri's Bass Pro can proceed
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit against Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops can proceed.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the lawsuit brought by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2011 accuses the outdoor retailer of discriminating against black and Hispanic job applicants.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans recently agreed with procedural decisions by the federal court in Texas, allowing the case to move forward.
Bass Pro has long denied the allegations and also criticized the appeals panel's decision, saying it doesn't provide any guidance for the district court on how to try the EEOC's claims without violating Bass Pro's rights.