OLATHE, Kan. -- Bass Pro Shops in Olathe is under some scrutiny after an African-American employees complained that several white male co-workers teased her with a picture of an employee wearing a KKK hood.
The female employee says what made the incident worse is that she didn't really even know the guys very well and that what she considers harassment just came out-of-the-blue. She said it happened at the restaurant, Uncle Buck's, which is inside the Olathe Bass Pro Shop. The woman is a hostess there and claims two white cooks called her back to the kitchen to show her a picture.
She did not want to go on camera, but had a representative from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speak on her behalf.
Henry Lyons with the NAACP Olathe chapter says the two men showed her a picture of another employee in that kitchen wearing a KKK hood. Then one employee said, "You are probably going to knock him around next time you see him," according to the woman.
"She was a little reluctant because she didn't feel that comfortable about it. She said do I have to or what's going on, come on back here, I've got a surprise for you, come on back," Lyons said.
The woman says she went back to the hostess stand in disbelief and anger that they would show her such a photo. When Lyons heard about the incident he contacted Bass Pro Shops, asking for answers from Bass Pro executives.
Bass Pro initially declined to be interviewed on camera, but sent a statement that reads in part:
"The actions of the individuals involved were in violation of company policies and do not reflect our company values. We have since taken remedial action."
Bass Pro said it would not give specifics about what discipline it took with the workers.
"That's just not the kind of joke you should do with people," Henry Lyons said.
On Wednesday, August 12, less than a week after FOX 4's initial report, the NAACP-Olathe chapter said they were notified by Bass Pro that the three employees had been dismissed.