Boss Asks Costco Employee To Do One Thing - Refuses, He's Suing For This One Reason

A former Costco cashier from New York let his employers know that he was unable to touch any pork products or alcohol at the register because these items are against his religion. He was then baffled that the store manager reassigned him to collecting wagons. He's now suing the store for discrimination.

Jean Camara worked at the Brooklyn store in September of 2012 as a cashier when a customer purchasing pork put a slab of meat on the conveyor belt. Camara notified the manager that he couldn't touch the product, and added that he also wouldn't be able to check out any alcoholic beverages if a customer on his line should be shopping for them. He was immediately transferred to a new position.

Camara says he was baffled about why he was re-assigned. "Just because you have a different belief, that doesn't give anybody the right to treat you different," he said.

It’d be impossible for a busy store to designate entire lines for only customers who had no pork and no alcohol, and even if they did try to hang signs, it would be impossible to keep people from making mistakes. It’s unclear why Camara was so shocked about being reassigned when he was told he couldn’t do the job on the register. Companies are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with religious restrictions, and this sounds like it was accommodating.

Camara didn’t like working with carts in the parking lot and asked his supervisors if he could be transferred to the electronics department, but his requests were denied. The company reportedly had no openings in that department. He pursued a human rights complaint against the company.

Sixteen days after filing his complaint, Camera was fired for insubordination.

"We all share different beliefs so we all should be treated equally no matter what belief we have," Camara said. "It's not OK to discriminate against someone for their religion. It isn't OK. It isn't OK to treat them differently others because of what they believe in. I think that everyone is entitled to the same treatment. I think that's what this case is about."

Source: ABC 7
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