The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found a basis for Nicole Cogdell's claim that she was racially discriminated against at the clothing retailer Wet Seal's King of Prussia store - the case now moves to federal court.
Cogdell, 41, an African-American who is now a community liaison for Chester Mayor John Linder, said she was dismissed from her job because a Wet Seal vice president had complained in an e-mail that there were too many African-Americans working at the store and that Cogdell, who was rated "outstanding," was not right for the job.
In a statement, the company said it would fight Cogdell's claim arising from the alleged actions by the vice president, now gone from the company. The company said it was cooperating with EEOC.