Shoot Straight, a chain of gun stores and ranges with a location in Clearwater, is under fire after an employee had claimed the company refused to promote her to management because she is a woman.
Crystal Mims is accusing Shoot Straight of violating the Florida Civil Rights Act based on sex discrimination and retaliation.
For nearly three years, Mims worked at Shoot Straight Clearwater. Throughout that time, she expressed a desire to grow with the company, asking to be considered for a management-level position. She applied for these posts, believing she was well-qualified for the job.
Despite this, she was repeatedly refused a promotion.
After less qualified men had been regularly put into the same management positions that Mims applied for, she believed the denial was due to gender.
Comments from co-workers and customers to Mims reinforced that belief. On one occasion, Mims said someone told her that she wouldn’t be considered because she didn’t “have a d**k.”
When she wasn’t selected for the position, Mims complained to her superiors. She asserts that those complaints resulted in her termination March 24.
Now Shoot Straight is being sued on two counts in the Nov. 30 lawsuit. If the court enters a judgment in Mims favor, she will receive compensation for back pay and benefits, front pay and benefits, damages for humiliation and mental pain and suffering, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs, and both pre and post-judgment interest.
Although Mims was never promoted to manager, she did work her way into a different position than when she started August 2013.
Shoot Straight Clearwater is located at 4594 Ulmerton Rd.
Shoot Straight operates several locations throughout the state. Founder and owner Khaled Akkawi is a pro-gun rights advocate. According to a February Herald-Tribune article, Akkawi is Florida’s “largest gun show promoter.”