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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