Nov 12 2008
Minnesota Plant That Fired Muslims for Taking Prayer Breaks Will Pay $365,000.
MINNEAPOLIS — Under a settlement to a federal lawsuit, up to 100 Somali Muslims who are current or former workers at Gold’n Plump Inc. will receive a total of $365,000.
The settlement was filed in Minneapolis on Friday. It sprang from allegations of religious discrimination at the company’s chicken processing plants in Cold Spring and Arcadia, Wis.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits against St. Cloud-based Gold’n Plump and the Work Connection Inc., an employment agency in St. Paul, which handled some hiring for the plant.
Under the settlement, Gold’n Plump agreed to pay $215,000 to workers who were terminated for taking prayer breaks.
The Work Connection will pay $150,000 to workers who were asked to sign a form acknowledging that they might be required to handle pork, which many Muslims consider unclean.
Once again, the CAIR mafia are behind the lawsuit.
They may have won this battle, but all they managed to do is send a signal to employers that hiring Muslims is not a good idea. It wasn’t like they were asking for one 5-minute prayer break a day, during the month of Ramadan, they wanted several prayer breaks a day, in a special prayer room, at different times every day of the month. Why should any employer have to accommodate that? What they fail to mention is that all the American employees at Swift were threatening to boycott if management caved in to the Muslim demands. Can you imagine if Christians asked for the same kind of privileges?
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