Everyone has the right to practice their faith at work, free from discrimination or harassment. That is the promise of America and is also a basic Constitutional right. CAIR stands ready to help when American Muslims face discrimination.
In 2015, Cargill began banning prayer in its Fort Morgan factory. Practicing Muslim employees who had worked and prayed at Cargill for many years were suddenly told that they could go home and pray or stay and work.
From December 21-23, 2015, about 150 American Muslim employees suffered a mass discharge when faced with the choice of abandoning their religion in order to work. When these employees asked their union for help, they were met with hostility and a refusal to help.
Cargill also took a series of hostile, unlawful actions, including: Cargill supervisors began blocking the doors to the room in which Muslim employees prayed, barring anyone from entering; Cargill supervisors interrogated American Muslim employees after their bathroom breaks to ensure that they had not also prayed during their break; and upper management explicitly told American Muslim employees that they could go home and pray or stay and work.
From March through June 2016, Cargill spent more $1,000,000 in Colorado taxpayer money challenging the right of these individuals to unemployment benefits.
Then, things started to change. On August 9, 2017, CAIR and the Rathod Mohamedbhai law firm welcomed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) finding reasonable cause that Cargill Meat Solutions and Teamsters Local No. 455 in Colorado violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating and retaliating against hard working American Muslim employees seeking religious accommodations in December 2015.
CAIR and the Rathod Mohamedbhai law firm have been working together to help the workers. Based on these findings of egregious and widespread violations of federal civil rights law, the EEOC is trying to mediate the case among the Muslim employees, Cargill and the union. CAIR is continuing to work on this case to help the affected employees.
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