A federal magistrate judge in Maryland dismissed a customer’s remaining claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress against Dick’s Sporting Goods for employees’ alleged racial and derogatory comments as she attempted to legally purchase a firearm.
The plaintiff, Shahnaz Simon, an Asian American woman of Indian national origin, visited a Dick’s Sporting Goods store outside of Baltimore, in an attempt to purchase a firearm in May 2019. When Simon arrived at the store, she stood in line to be helped. But when it was her turn, the lodge manager, Patty Anderson, allegedly refused to call her to the counter for service. Instead, Anderson allegedly pointed at Simon, snapped her finger, and told her to “‘move your [B]lack ass over!,’” and proceeded to help white customers in line behind Simon, according to and opinion filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on July 18.