Muslim Workers Refuse Uniforms

May 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment

Muslim workers complain to EEOC after firings for refusing to wear uniforms: 
“Muslim workers file complaint with EEOC over firings for refusal to wear uniforms,” by Chris Serres for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 27, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS – A group of Muslim workers allege they were fired by a New Brighton, Minn., tortilla factory for refusing to wear uniforms that they say were immodest by Islamic standards.
Six Somali women claim they were ordered by a manager to wear pants and shirts to work instead of their traditional Islamic clothing of loose-fitting skirts and scarves, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil liberties group that is representing the women.
The women have filed a religious discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
”For these women, wearing tight-fitting pants is like being naked,” said Valerie Shirley, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. ”It’s simply not an option.”
CAIR issued a press release calling on Mission Foods to reinstate the women in their jobs. However, the group declined to disclose the names of the women and would not make them available for interviews Tuesday.
Gruma Corporation, the Irving, Texas-based parent company of Mission Foods, released a written statement Tuesday denying that any employees were terminated or disciplined at the New Brighton plant. However, the company made clear the six women have been relieved of their responsibilities for the time being, and may ultimately lose their jobs if they don’t wear uniforms.
”Should these employees choose to adhere to the current Mission Foods uniform policy, they may return to their positions with the company,” the company statement said. ”However, these positions will need to be filled as soon as possible and cannot be held indefinitely.”…
Last year, some Muslim cashiers at Target Corp. were shifted to other positions inside stores after they refused to scan pork products because doing so would violate their religious beliefs. And in 2005, a group of 26 workers were either fired or suspended by an Arden Hills electronics manufacturer for violating the company’s prayer rules, which set limits on the times they could break for prayers.
These women could just find jobs that don’t require them to violate their standards of modesty. But instead, non-Muslims must adapt and accommodate Muslim demands. It is all part of the stealth jihad.

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