Lawsuit Alleges Wal-Mart Biased Against Black Truckers

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.

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