Minnesota muslims cry foul over company dress code

by Kal El on May 28, 2008 · View Comments

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A group of Somali muslim women living in Minnesota have alleged religious discrimination because they were fired for refusing to wear MANDATORY work uniforms, because they claim they violated their “religious” beliefs.

Mission Foods, a New Brighton tortilla maker, is accused of religious intolerance for requiring six Muslim workers to wear uniforms that include pants they say are too revealing.

A group of Muslim workers allege they were fired by a New Brighton 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.”

Of course CAIR would come to the aid of these “poor little muslimahs”. Nevermind that in muslim countries, non-muslim employees are treated like slaves, and paid less than minimum wage. If the muslimas dislike the uniform REQUIRED by federal law, then quit and go work somewhere else. Or leave the United States and go back to Somalia. The abbayat (the long black gown that resembles a trash bag, IMO) is a safety hazard in a meat packing plant. Anyone with half a brain can see the inherent danger, both to the worker who might get sucked into a meat grinder while wearing such loose garb, and to the employer, who these muslimahs would inevitably sue for damages if they were allowed to dress like they were in the middle east, and got sucked into a meat grinder and survived.

The company issued the following statement in response to the baseless allegations.

“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.”

In other words (since companies get sued for being honest and politically correct, I will translate) they said, “Follow the rules, or get another job.”

Read the story over at the Star Tribune.

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  • Tonto (USA)

    What do you want to bet they cave in to the mooselimbs?

  • jen tha rednek

    Hopefully the company will stand their ground on this one, its about safety for Christ’s sake! I have a dress code where I work and if I do not follow it, I get fired, simple as that! Get over IT!!

  • Liz

    Couldn’t have said it better myself jen.

  • Samia

    Okay Jen Good For You But Listen Up In Our Islamic Religion We Must not Wear Tight Clothing And For This Retarded Manger To Order 6 Muslims To Wear tight Clothing is Wrong……They Should Sue This Manger For Being A Retard!!!!!

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    And if they get their loose clothing caught in the machinery and lose an arm, the company gets sued in that case, too?

    The clothing requirement is for a reason. If you can't comply with the requirements of a given job, apply for a DIFFERENT job.

    If you're squeamish about sex and nudity, don't apply as layout editor for Hustler. If you have peanut allergies, don't apply to work at the Planter's Peanut canning factory. If you can't handle heights, don't apply for a job as an ironworker.

    See where I'm going with this? If the job doesn't suit you, don't try to force the company to change the job for your convenience. Find a different job. Really.

  • Beej

    Samia, can you please explain WHY tight clothing is forbidden? Please don't base your answer on "tradition" because this only begs the question "why did the tradition begin?" Are Moslem men so sexually juvenile or inadequate that the donning of such clothing by women might drive them into an uncontrolled frenzy? Enlighten me, please.

  • Beej

    Another question, Samia: Given that these Somali women claim religious discrimination over this matter, could a non-Moslem woman, upon being castigated for wearing non-Moslem garb in a Moslem country, claim similar discrimination? Would you refer to those who might treat her in such fashion as retards?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Tonto2 Tonto2

    Tell ya what. You take all those unhappy muz broads back to Somalia where they can live comfortably in their sharia governed wonderland. This is America, land of the free….and they are free to leave if they don't like the way we do things here. Got it ?

  • Beej

    Right on the nail, as ever, Tonto. Good man.

  • Tony McCoy

    iT IS ABOUT TIME A COMPANY STANDS UP TO IT'S RULE REGARDS OF ANY OTHER DRESS CODE. PLUS THIS IS AMERICA AND NOR A MULSIM COUNTRY OR RULE. tHEY ARE FREE TO RETURN HOME IF THEY DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW OUR RULES.

  • JEWHAWK

    Mr.McCoy, muslims are not eager to follow American rules.They want to
    DICTATE theirs,the Sharia Law.

    That's the price of open your country's doors to ANYONE.
    “GREEN CARD”…
    The American system puts an IRISH or a GERMAN candidate as equals
    to SOMALI,LEBANESE,ALGERIAN and other unsavory-origined candidates
    to win a green card.

    Accepting muslims as immigrants is a SUICIDAL move.They aren't
    willing to adapt themselves into the U.S. of A's melting pot.They want
    to shape America according to their PRIMITIVE,BARBARIC culture.

  • JEWHAWK

    Mr.McCoy, muslims are not eager to follow American rules.They want to
    DICTATE theirs,the Sharia Law.

    That's the price of opening your country's doors to ANYONE.
    “GREEN CARD”…
    The American system puts an IRISH or a GERMAN candidate as equals
    to SOMALI,LEBANESE,ALGERIAN and other unsavory-origined candidates
    to win a green card.

    Accepting muslims as immigrants is a SUICIDAL move.They aren't
    willing to adapt themselves into the U.S. of A's melting pot.They want
    to shape America according to their PRIMITIVE,BARBARIC culture.

  • computerjockey

    And if one of them did get pulled into a meat grinder, you'd have to throw all of it away…. What a waste of perfectly good beef.

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