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Owner Sued For Discrimination - Judge’s Sentencing Shocks Plaintiffs

In another round of a long-standing religious discrimination case, a Nebraska judge has ruled in favor of a meat company that Somali Muslim workers alleged was denying them their right to express their religious freedom.

Local Nebraska media sources reported that the U.S. District Court judge in Omaha ruled in late September that she found no evidence of a discriminatory motive on the part of the meat processing firm JBS Swift (now known as JBS USA).

Of note, the lawsuit was filed all the way back in the summer of 2010 by the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The EEOC filed the suit to represent over 80 Somali Muslim employee that worked at the firm’s Grand Island plant. The law suit claimed JBS did not make reasonable religious accommodations for the employees at the meat packing plant. The suit also alleged that the muslin workers' civil rights had been violated since around December 2007.

It emerged in the trial that a JBS official had told the workers he believed the prayer time requests the employees were making violated some requirements of their collective bargaining agreement.

Although there has been no official announcement yet, it seems likely the EEOC and the Somali workers will appeal the District Court judge’s ruling.

Source: Fox News
Photo: JBS USA

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