SEPTEMBER 23, 2004 - Posted at 7:16 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal lawsuit alleges Wal-Mart Stores discriminates against blacks seeking truck-driving jobs with the world's largest retailer.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, seeks class-action status. The plaintiff, Daryal T. Nelson of Coldwater, Mississippi, alleges that Wal-Mart rejects and discourages black applicants for truck-driving jobs at the chain's distribution centers in 12 Southern states.
The 12 are Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Wal-Mart spokesman Gus Whitcomb said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit because he hadn't seen it. However, he said, the company does not discriminate in its hiring practices.