Jun 7 2012
At a privately-owned bakery in Le Center, MN, a Somali Muslim female employee’s long, flowing bodybag got caught in a boot washer so new (shorter length bodybag) guidelines were instated over safety concerns. After that, 30 Somali Muslim employees walked out, claiming the new uniform policy was instituted to force them off the job because of their Islamic beliefs.
FOX NEWS The owner of the Dianne’s Fine Desserts bakery, Mike Knowles, who bought the business just 11 days before the accident, said the company leaders went out of their way to try to work with the Somali Community. (That was their first mistake. They should have fired all of them immediately) Originally, they had recommended knee-high skirts but later agreed to boot-high or mid-calf skirts before making the policy public at a meeting on Friday.
The women reportedly showed up to work in their full-length attire and were given the option to adjust their skirts or leave. About a dozen women left and they were joined by 20 men who say the dress code goes against teachings in the Koran.
The boot washer is a sanitation device that cleans footwear before workers enter the plant. The Somali women said they’d be willing to pull up their skirts during the brief process. Knowles says the safety issue was addressed and the company made a reasonable accommodation.
The workers sought assistance from the litigation jihadists from CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations), which came to the aid of 25 Muslim employees who were terminated in December 2010, the report said.
At the time, the business was under a different owner who fired the employees after the break schedule was altered into a conflict with employees’ prayer schedule, the report said. But employees reportedly prayed anyway.
A complaint was forwarded to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the workers were reinstated. The current walkout also has been brought to the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union.
(How many more reasons do you need for never ever hiring a Muslim for any job?)