Fishing tackle giant denies discrimination claims – Wired2Fish
Bass Pro Shops has denied US Equal Employment allegations
Opportunities Commission (EEOC) that the company discriminated against
African American and Hispanic candidates in its employment practices and
that he retaliated against employees. The EEOC filed a federal trial on Wednesday claiming that the fishing tackle retail giant discriminated against minority candidates and employees and retaliated against those who spoke out.
“The EEOC’s allegations run counter to our deep respect for and
commitment to our team of experienced and knowledgeable associates, and
we are determined to prove them wrong, ”said Mike Rowland, vice president
President of Human Resources. “Respect for our associates and our clients
is at the heart of our company’s mission, and this has been a key element
contributor to our success.
Bass Pro said he was extremely disappointed with the EEOC’s decision to
“The company has cooperated with the EEOC throughout its
investigation, providing full documentation and numerous
witnesses, ”Rowland said. “Bass Pro vigorously denies the EEOC
allegations that the Company engaged in the unlawful destruction of documents.
Our policy is to keep all documents required by law. we provided
over 250,000 pages of documents at the EEOC.
“Despite our cooperation, the EEOC made unrealistic demands for
conciliation. The EEOC cannot or will not tell us the basis of the
analysis they claim to have conducted. Fundamental fairness
and in good faith should require that the EEOC disclose the evidence on which
his claims are well founded before bringing a long legal action,
expensive and disturbing.
“This investigation and the conduct of the EEOC demonstrate a troubling situation
tendency of the EEOC to stereotype those who enjoy outdoor sports and
support conservation as people who illegally discriminate or oppose
equal opportunities for all. For example, the staff of the EEOC
investigators have repeatedly suggested that because Bass Pro
sponsors a NASCAR racing team that the company is more likely to discriminate against
In addition, EEOC staff raised questions about the policy of Bass Pro
against hiring convicted felons, claiming it discriminates against
certain minority groups, although federal regulations prohibit
felons convicted of handling guns, and Bass Pro sells guns,
ammunition and explosives.
“Bass Pro has long been an important support for many young people
development and conservation programs that provide outdoor opportunities for people
diverse downtown youth. As we challenge these
loads, we want to provide millions of people from all walks of life
life who visit our stores every year that Bass Pro will continue to
deliver the unique experience they expect. And we will do so in full compliance with the law. ”