Colorado: EEOC sides with sharia and Muslim refugees who quit Cargill meatpacking jobs

Where some groups are more equal than others…

The EEOC is like the 9th Circuit court…an anti-American banana court that is wrong more often than right. Source: EEOC sides with fired Muslims at Cargill meatpacking plant –

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found reasonable cause that Cargill managers violated the Civil Rights Act by refusing to allow Somali-American Muslim workers to pray during their breaks at a meatpacking plant in Colorado.

The EEOC’s determination, reached Aug. 3, could set up a federal discrimination lawsuit should Cargill fail to seek a settlement agreement with the 140 fired workers seeking legal action. Of the thousands of discrimination charges filed with the federal government each year, a small fraction of them gain the backing of the commission.

In December 2015, about 150 employees walked off the job at Cargill’s meatpacking facility in Fort Morgan, Colo., after supervisors told them they would no longer be allowed to pray during their breaks. Cargill Meat Solutions, the Wichita-based subsidiary of agribusiness giant Cargill Inc., then fired the workers for violating attendance policies.

Cargill maintains that the prayer break issue was a misunderstanding between plant managers and the workers.

“We have had a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, and respect for religious freedom and expression. We do what is required by law and go further to provide additional religious accommodation in our U.S. locations,” said Cargill in a statement Wednesday evening.

According to documents filed last year with the Colorado Labor Department, the workers — who had previously been using their breaks to pray — were suddenly told the company would no longer allow it.

Minnetonka-based Cargill disputes those claims. Cargill, the largest private company in the United States and one of the nation’s largest beef producers, slaughters cattle and makes boxed beef product at Fort Morgan.

The state of Colorado investigated and ultimately sided with the employees, finding that the workers were “not at fault” for the changes that precipitated the dispute and granting them unemployment benefits.

Praying five times a day is a core practice for followers of Islam.

The U.S. EEOC also found reasonable cause last week that Teamsters Local No. 455, the union representing workers at the Fort Morgan plant, didn’t offer fair representation to the Muslim workers. Last October, the National Labor Relations Board sided with the terminated workers in their complaint.

“The findings of the EEOC against Teamsters and Cargill reaffirms our strongly held belief that the Somali workers that were terminated were done so in violation of their federally protected rights,” said Qusair Mohamedbhai, the employees’ attorney with Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, a Denver-based law firm specializing in employment and civil rights.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) applauded the EEOC’s decision.

[Not mentioned by the Star Tribune: CAIR is banned by the FBI, designated a terrorist group by the UAE, and has had many leader’s jailed and/or deported for terror-related crimes. Search the archives.]

“We welcome these determinations and hope they will ultimately lead to justice and compensation for all the workers who have suffered because they were denied their constitutionally guaranteed right to reasonable religious accommodation in the workplace,” Lena Masri, CAIR’s national litigation director, said in a statement.

CAIR said Cargill supervisors began blocking the doors to the room that Muslim employees had used to pray and that the Somali-American Muslim workers were sometimes “interrogated” after their bathroom breaks to make sure they didn’t pray while out.

Cargill says that is false.

“We are disappointed by, and disagree with, how the EEOC interprets what occurred at Fort Morgan in 2015. The inflammatory allegations made by CAIR [on Wednesday] are false,” the company said. “Cargill has provided religious accommodation to Fort Morgan employees for many years and established designated reflection areas there in 2009. Our policy has not changed and, based upon the facts, we are confident in our position. Cargill employees at Fort Morgan come from many countries, and everyone working at the plant has access to religious accommodation under our policy.”

With the EEOC determining that there’s reasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred, Cargill and the employees now will have the chance to settle the matter through a confidential process called conciliation. If the two sides can’t reach an resolution then the employees’ private lawyers — and the EEOC on behalf of the U.S. government — could sue Cargill.

Mohamedbhai said they “welcome an attempt to conciliate this matter with the union and Cargill and to find a solution that works for everyone.”

Cargill stopped short of committing to the conciliation process, but said: “We look forward to continuing a dialogue with EEOC to better understand the basis for their initial determination.”

Recall, Cargill already gave Muslim workers gender-segregated prayer space with prayer rugs.  Then Terror-listed CAIR strong-armed Cargill again, forcing hiring policy changes for Muslims.

It’s hard to feel sorry for Cargill. They wanted cheap labor and continue to support the importing of Muslim refugees to work at their plants rather than employ Americans. And they’ve lost millions of dollars defending themselves against Muslims who seem to have unlimited funds to wage legal jihad. It should be clear to any company at this point: hire Muslims en masse and you will lose money and be forced to abide by the sharia.

8 thoughts on “Colorado: EEOC sides with sharia and Muslim refugees who quit Cargill meatpacking jobs

  1. The very thought that these people are handling meat for human consumption is vile. If we in North America were any dumber, we would have to be twins twice over. Do people not know these people do not wash their hands after bowel movements. Can only use left hand to wipe themselves. on and on.

    • And MANY of them from the ME prefer NOT to use toilet paper!!!!! They literally keep bottles of water handy on their jobs to “wash” themselves with their BARE LEFT HAND!!!!! That’s why it’s a gross insult to offer a MUZZSCUM the left-handed handshake!!!!!

  2. More creeping Sharia in the work place! As long as American employers continue to hire Muslim workers, we will see more and more of these lawsuits! This is yet another reason to stop the immigration of Muslims from ANY country, especially Somalia. They have proven to be more radical and violent (Minnesota is prime example) than some of the other Muslim countries. And the EEOC is just another worthless government agency trying to justify their existence. This is just another prime example of why Islam should be banned in the U.S.

  3. FTA: “Mohamedbhai said they “welcome an attempt to conciliate this matter with the union and Cargill and to find a solution that works for everyone.”

    There is no such thing as a solution that works for everyone in Islam. Islam’s goal is to dominate, not compromise.

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