A federal judge awarded 1.35 million dollars to Somali Muslims. The "gripe"? Not receiving adequate prayer time. Forget the fact that the Quran says you can pray any time you want (so why impose their Islam on the workplace)? Forget the fact that these same Muslim workers have been violent against their co-workers and the city itself. Forget their Ramadan violence. Forget the fact that some of these Muslims have vanished off the street, recruited to go jihad and join the holy war in Somalia, with Americans living in fear of their return. Forget all that. What happened to no special classes for special people? WTF? This is America - no special classes!
Rub your eyes. Dhimmitude once again slammed basic fundamental core values.
Under a consent degree approved last week by Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham, St. Cloud-based Gold'n Plump will add a paid break to the second half of each shift. (Photo of the Judge, dig the zebra hair?)
All I can say to Gold'n'Plump is appeal until you get a NORMAL, AMERICAN judge.
Under a consent degree approved last week by Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham, St. Cloud-based Gold'n Plump will add a paid break to the second half of each shift. That will accommodate Muslims who want to pray during the work day. The chicken processor will also pay $215,000 to 128 Somali-American Muslims who claimed religious discrimination, including discharge and discipline.
In a related case involving an employment agency, The Work Connection, another $150,000 will be paid to 28 people. They refused to sign forms stating they would not refuse to handle pork if they were referred to work at Gold'n plump facilities in Cold Spring, Minn., and Arcadia, Wis.
Muslim workers receive $1.35 million under a religious
Star Tribune (hat tip Davida)
A federal judge gave approval for Gold'n Plump Inc. and an employment agency to pay $1.35 million to settle lawsuits alleging religious discrimination against Muslims at a chicken processing plant in Cold Spring, Minn.
The money will go to 128 Somali Muslims who claim that St. Cloud-based Gold'n Plump violated their religious rights by refusing to allow them prayer breaks during work hours, and to another 28 workers who said a St. Paul employment agency, the Work Connection Inc., required them to sign forms acknowledging they would be required to handle pork.
If they don't want to handle pork, don't take this job (away from an American, no doubt).
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated the allegations and said it found cause to believe discrimination occurred, according to lawsuits filed last year.
In a settlement approved Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham, Gold'n Plump will add a paid break during the second half of each shift to accommodate Muslim employees who wish to pray. The break is in addition to one early in the shift and lunch breaks required by law.
The Work Connection has agreed to provide offers of employment to the 28 job seekers who were turned away for not signing the "pork form."
The $1.35 million settlement includes $985,000 for legal costs and $365,000 in cash payments to the 156 workers