Black truck driver alleges discrimination by Wal-Mart

| 9/29/2004

A recent federal lawsuit charges Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with discouraging black drivers from applying for driving jobs at distribution centers in 12 southern states.

In comments made to the local press in Arkansas, the company said it did not discriminate and that it needed time to read the allegations.

The charges say Wal-Mart rejects and discourages black applicants for truck-driving jobs at the company's distribution centers in 12 Southern states including Arkansas, where Wal-Mart is headquartered in Bentonville, and in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Driver Daryal T. Nelson says he applied many times to drive truck and was promised a job at a distribution center in Searcy, AK, in May 2002. However, when he reported, he claims the director told him he could work as a laborer, according to the suit.

Nelson has logged more than 3 million miles without a preventable accident in his 22-year truck driving career, the local press reported.

Wal-Mart, which operates the nation’s largest private fleet, has denied the allegations.