Colorado: Labor Dept Rules Muslim Workers Who Quit Deserve Unemployment Benefits


If a non-Muslim quit, or perhaps refused to bake a cake rather than “choose between fidelity to their religion and their job,” they’d lose their job and their business, not collect benefits. Obama would see to it.

Source: Fired Muslim workers deserve unemployment benefits from Cargill, Colorado labor department rules – The Denver Post

Colorado’s labor department has ruled that more than 100 Muslim workers fired from a Fort Morgan meatpacking plant are eligible for unemployment benefits because a company cannot force workers to choose between their religion and their jobs.

The workers filed for unemployment payments after they were fired in December by Cargill Inc., amid a dispute over whether the Muslim employees could take prayer breaks during their shifts. Cargill challenged the claims, but the company withdrew its appeals this summer after losing 20 cases, officials with the state Department of Labor said.

While the labor department declined to put a dollar amount on the total paid to the workers, Cher Haavind, the agency’s director of government, policy and public relations, said the average maximum benefit per claim was $8,841.

That means the payments could cost Colorado’s unemployment fund nearly $1 million. Unemployment benefits are funded by the state’s employers. Much like an insurance policy, a company’s rates rise with the number of claims filed from its former workers.

Cargill’s spokesman, Michael Martin, said the company had no comment about the unemployment claims. Cargill, based in Wichita, Kan., is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, and its family includes 14 billionaires, according to a 2001 report in Forbes magazine.

Cargill fired more than 150 Muslim workers, most of them from Somalia, in December after they walked off the job because of the dispute.

At the time, Martin told The Denver Post that the company did everything it could to resolve the dispute.

“At no time did Cargill prevent people from prayer at Fort Morgan,” Martin said in December. “Nor have we changed policies related to religious accommodation and attendance. This has been mischaracterized.”

However, decision orders written by Colorado labor department hearing officers show a change in policy is what led to the walk out.

Throughout the hearings, workers told a similar story about how supervisors began informing them on Dec. 15 that prayer breaks no longer were allowed, according to documents obtained by The Denver Post.

The workers, many of whom could not read or speak English, told hearing officers that interpreters had reviewed employment policies upon their hiring, including a “Political and Religious Workplace Expression Policy.”

The policy said that employees could pray as long as business needs were met, and they should request religious accommodations through their supervisors. The workers said they understood they could pray but would not always be able to go when they wanted.

In one case, a woman who had worked at the plant since February 2012 told a hearing officer that she had never been denied an opportunity for prayer until Dec. 15.

It was normal for the woman to wait a few minutes for the supervisor to make sure the line was sufficiently staffed before approving a prayer break for a group of three people. The woman would use her paid 15-minute break to pray, the decision order said.

“The claimant was satisfied with the prayer arrangement,” the order said.

However, the woman said she asked for a prayer break on Dec. 15, and her supervisor told her she would be allowed to go the bathroom, but that if she wanted to pray, she had to go home, the decision order said.

“There was no piece of paper or policy sheet issued to the employees saying that the prayer policy had changed,” the order said.

The Muslim workers said that their religion requires that they pray five times per day to stay in favor with God.

The hearing officers repeatedly ruled that the change in prayer policy was substantial to the working conditions and was not favorable to the workers. Therefore, the workers were not at fault for losing their jobs.

The decision orders repeatedly said: “No person should be expected to choose between fidelity to their religion and their job.”

After the workers were denied their prayers, leaders in Fort Morgan’s Somali community negotiated with the company for change. When the workers were told the company was standing by its new policy, they went home. After not reporting to work for three days, Cargill fired them.

The decision orders also revealed tension between the Somali workers and their representatives in the Teamsters union, which is led by Hispanic workers. The union did not fight for the Somalis, the orders said.

[Comments by terrorist group CAIR removed]

The attorneys have filed a complaint on behalf of the workers to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Rachel Arnow-Richman, director of the workplace law program at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, has been watching the Cargill case.

The state unemployment decision has no bearing on any federal religious discrimination lawsuit that later might be filed, Arnow-Richman said, because lawyers cannot use those results in their arguments in federal court.

However, Cargill’s attorneys should be concerned, she said. The labor department’s decision shows that a neutral party hearing the facts of the case was sympathetic toward the workers.

“Cargill is going to have to steel itself for a serious fight if it wants to continue the federal discrimination case,” Arnow-Richman said.

The labor department is far from neutral. They only interviewed the Somali Muslims who have legal teams the average American could never afford and have been coached to say whatever is necessary to get more money from the filthy kuffar.

Truthfully, it couldn’t happen to a better company. Cargill deserves all the agony and financial losses they get for choosing cheap, foreign Muslim labor over American workers. Cargill will fold like a cheap Muslim prayer rug and bow down to their Muslim masters as they have many times already.

Islam means submission, not peace.

Colorado: Federal jury rules against Muslim workers who sued airport company

via Federal jury in Denver rules against Muslim workers who sued employer – Denver Post  h/t: Islamist Watch

A federal jury Thursday rejected claims by Muslim women that they were discriminated against for clothing required of them by their faith — including head scarves — by a ground services company at Denver International Airport.

The eight jurors also ruled, after almost three weeks of trial, that JetStream Ground Services did not deny the women accommodations because of their religion or retaliate against them.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in 2013 claiming JetStream violated the civil rights of the Muslim women by refusing to hire them or firing them or reducing their hours if they were religiously observant.

JetStream offers ground services for airlines including cargo, freight, mail handling, aircraft maintenance and cabin cleaning.

The EEOC suit sought back pay and compensatory damages for plaintiffs Safia Abdulle Ali, Sahra Bashi Abdirahman, Hana Bokku, Sadiyo Hassan Jama and Amino Warsame.

The case was heard in U.S. District Court in Denver.

JetStream attorney Raymond Deeny said in court the company does not discriminate against women but had to lay off numerous employees when the company lost a contract with DIA.

Diane King, one of the lawyers representing the women, told jurors during the trial that it was up to them to send Jetstream a message to obey the law.

Andrew Volin, another attorney on the JetStream team of representation, said the company’s owners — who were in court Thursday — had no comment on the jury’s decision.

An attorney for the women who sued JetStream also declined to speak about the verdict and said they were exploring their appellate options.


Muslim prayer room at Denver Airport separate from room for Christians and Jews


Denver: Christian school dropping ‘Crusaders’ mascot to appease Muslims

Islam means submission, not peace. via: Christian school insists dropping ‘Crusaders’ mascot not due to political correctness |

DENVER – A Denver Christian school is changing its Crusaders mascot because some people think it’s offensive to Muslims.

“In our mission, in light of the command to love our neighbors as ourselves, the crusader was an inconsistent, inappropriate symbol for that mission,” Denver Christian Schools CEO Todd Lanting told KUSA.

After using the Crusaders mascot for 65 of the school’s 100 year history, officials in November began to solicit ideas for a new symbol, and have since narrowed it down to two possibilities: Thunder and Trailblazers.

The problem with the old name is that “a lot of people were concerned about the association with the crusades, a series of wars between Christians and Muslims,” according to the news site.

Lanting insists the change is not an effort to align with political correctness.

“It has nothing to do with political correctness,” he said. “It’s got everything to do with love and empathy for our neighbors.”

An unidentified school board member backed up the CEO in a staged interview at the school that drew dozens of spectators.

“A mascot is just a name. The name of the school, the name of who we are as people, and the name of the community we’re trying to create and invite other to is Christian,” he said. “and that’s the name that really has value to it.”

At least 300 folks who joined a Facebook page calling for school to keep the Crusaders name clearly disagree.

Numerous people who sounded off on KUSA’s Facebook page are also venting their frustrations about name change.

“As and alumni of DC, it’s hard to fathom that the school my grandparents, parents, and myself (attended) can’t see the tradition and history that made the school what it was/is,” Brad Meyering posted. “The biggest mistake the school administration ever made was making it a business, see CEO.

“Please instead of changing the mascot, change the entire name of the school and let Denver Christian Schools retire gracefully. Lakewood Community Trailblazers perhaps?”

“This is where it all starts, cave in to a few letters who complained, and go through a name change to appease a small minority while throwing the history and all those who studied under this banner under the bus,” Ella LeBain wrote, garnering many “Likes.” “Why should anyone cave to political ‘incorrectness’? …

“There is nothing offensive about the word ‘crusaders.’ What about Batman? Isn’t he called ‘the caped crusader’? Should we all ban Batman now too? Where does this nonsense end?”

“Why must there always be someone to ruin things like this?” Christina Stern questioned. “Let’s change the schools mascots! No let’s not and stop changing things that have a history and mean something to people.”

The DC can now be changed to Dhimmi Christians.

Speaking of history:

Misconceptions about the Crusades

Jihad vs Crusades: The Facts (video)

How the Crusades Saved Europe

Man Who Shouted ‘Jihad’ While Rushing Cockpit Sentenced to 9 Months

Why are incidents of Islamic terrorism so often mentioned with mental illness? And if the correlation is so high, why are Muslims being imported to towns and cities across the United States in mass numbers? Source: Man Who Shouted ‘Jihad’ on Flight Senenced to 9 Months – ABC News

A New York man who forced a United Airlines flight to return to northern Virginia’s Dulles Airport after shouting the word “jihad” and rushing the cockpit has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old David Patrick Diaz of Poughkeepsie, New York, pleaded guilty earlier this year to interfering with a flight crew.

On a March 2015 flight from Dulles to Denver, Colorado, he was tackled by a group of passengers after shouting “jihad” and saying there was something in the belly of the plane.

His lawyer said Diaz has problems with mental illness and alcohol.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 21 months, but a judge at federal court in Alexandria imposed a nine-month sentence at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

Diaz also was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution to United.

In 2015, we posted video of the attack, via United Airlines passenger rushes cockpit screaming “jihad jihad”

Denver: Rules Changed, Muslim Head Scarves Allowed in Driver’s License Photos

Rules for Muslims, and rules for the rest of us. via: Turbans, Head Scarves Allowed In Driver’s License Photos « CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– The Division of Motor Vehicles will no longer require Muslims, Sikhs or others to remove religious head coverings to get their driver’s license photos taken. This comes after complaints led to meetings between state and federal authorities. Clarifications were made and new procedures put in place.

In the Sikh religion removal of the turban in public is forbidden. But the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles was requiring that for driver’s license photos.

The Sikh’s were not the only ones to complain. Amatullah Malki, a Muslim, was asked to put her head scarf behind her ears to have her driving learner’s permit photo taken.

“I came home and I felt really bad like,’Why are they making me do that? Why are they trying to take pieces away from me?’ This is my identity,” said Malki.

Her father Mohamed Malki couldn’t believe it, “No, not in America. I said you have to go back next day and challenge that.”

Regulations for driver’s license photos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicate the face must be visible. But U.S. Attorney John Walsh said it wasn’t clear

“We were able to give them guidance that said you know what you don’t need to have people pull their ears out and these men who wear that turban to take it off,” said Walsh.

After discussions with the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Colorado Attorney General, the matter was ironed out.

Lynn Granger with the Department of Motor Vehicles described the changes, “It has to be from the chin to the top of forehead at the hairline and the ears do not have to be uncovered.”

She said customer service is important and they try to accommodate requests that are made.

Now Sikhs, Muslims and others no longer have to choose between a driver’s license photo and their following their religion. The clarifications made in Colorado may be used in other states as well.

In other words, sharia and other foreign, religious laws take precedence over U.S. law.

Colorado woman killed by Muslim asylum seeker in Austria

Source: Asylum seeker arrested in death of American nanny in Austria | Fox News

Swiss police have arrested a man suspected of murdering an American woman who worked as a nanny in Vienna, Austria.

The Austrian tabloid Kronen Zeitung reported that the suspect, identified only as 24-year-old Abdou I., was arrested Thursday at an asylum center in northeastern Switzerland, just over the Austrian border. The paper said Abdou was an asylum seeker originally from Gambia, in Africa. Some other reports gave the suspect’s age as 23.

The suspect was arrested nine days after Vienna police found the body of 25-year-old Colorado native Lauren Mann in her Vienna apartment. Mann was found lying face-down on a mattress with traces of her blood on the floor. An autopsy gave suffocation as the cause of Mann’s death.

The arrest also came nearly 4 weeks after a Senegalese refugee was booked for the murder of an American woman in Florence, Italy. Ashley Olsen’s body was discovered strangled to death in her apartment in early January.

Kronen Zeitung reported that Abdou I.’s DNA was found at the crime scene and authorities tracked his cell phone to the Swiss refugee center where he was ultimately arrested.

The paper had previously reported that Abdou I. had migrated to Italy in 2012 and had later requested asylum in Germany. However, his application was denied and he was threatened with deportation due to a series of criminal offenses, including a 2014 conviction for sexual abuse of minors.

Kronen Zeitung reported that friends and classmates of Mann told the paper that she often went to train stations and shelters to help distribute food and blankets to asylum-seekers, and wanted to help the suspect. The report said that though she did not know of his criminal history, she knew he faced deportation back to Africa.

The suspect has denied an initial request to be extradited to Austria, which means authorities there must submit an official extradition request under European Union guidelines within 18 days.

Elsewhere in Austria, reality is proving a cruel, violent and bitter pill: Mother of 10 Year Old Boy Raped by Iraqi Muslim Migrant Says She Regrets Teaching Her Children to Welcome Migrants.

Muslims have killed scores of Americans under Obama’s watch – Wife of Islamic State leader charged in death of US aid work Kayla Mueller.

Colorado: Terror-listed CAIR shakes down Cargill again, hiring policy changed for Muslims

And they still want more to pray for the destruction of the kuffar. Laws and rules for Muslims, and laws and rules for everyone else.

2016 is off to a blazing fast start for the murderous jihadists and their suit and tie-wearing co-religionists who wage a different type of jihad…but both for the sharia. On Jan. 1 we asked, “How much further will Cargill go to appease Muslim supremacists?”

The first submission of the year comes via: Cargill changes hiring policy following dispute involving Muslim workers –

Cargill will change its hiring policy — allowing employees to be potentially rehired 30 days after termination, not 180 days — in response to a walkout by Somali workers in Colorado.

After a dispute over Muslim prayer time, about 150 employees at Cargill’s sprawling Fort Morgan, Colo., plant didn’t show up for work for three days — grounds for termination. They were fired. Some of those workers claimed they weren’t allowed to take prayer breaks, while Cargill claimed that it was still following its policy allowing the breaks.

Minnetonka-based Cargill said in a statement Friday that it will change the hiring policy at all of its North American beef plants, allowing former employees terminated for “attendance violation or job abandonment” to be considered for rehiring 30 days after being fired. The workers would have to reapply for their jobs.

“We believe the change in our beef business policy related to how quickly a former employee may be eligible to reapply for positions at our beef plants is a reasonable update to something that’s been in place for quite a few years,” Cargill Beef President John Keating said in a statement.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been representing many terminated Somali workers, said it welcomed Cargill’s change in hiring policy, though it criticized Cargill’s prayer break policy as ambiguous.

Jaylani Hussein, CAIR’s Minnesota executive director, said in a statement that there has been a “pattern of hostility” to prayer accommodation requests at Fort Morgan.

Cargill refuted that, saying in a statement that “the vast majority of religious accommodation requests are routinely granted during each of the plant’s two weekday work shifts.” The breaks, which are granted based on production line staffing, are not guaranteed and are not part of the meal and break periods outlined in Cargill’s contract with Teamsters Local 455, the company said. Teamsters representatives have not returned requests for comment.

Cargill, the largest U.S. private company, is one of North America’s largest beef producers, operating eight major plants, including six in the United States, which together employ 18,000 workers. The Fort Morgan plant slaughters cattle and produces boxed beef.

Since the Somali workers were terminated, it’s been “challenging” to run the Fort Morgan plant at full speed, Martin said. “We’re operating at significantly reduced capacity on the second shift.”

While Cargill has hired some people since the walkout, the labor pool isn’t large in Fort Morgan, a town of about 12,000 people.

Over the past few decades, U.S. meatpacking plants — including in Minnesota — have increasingly relied on immigrant communities for labor. About one-third of Cargill’s workers at Fort Morgan are immigrants, or come from immigrant families from Africa, and are predominantly Muslim. Much of the rest of the workforce there is of Hispanic descent.

As Refugee Resettlement Watch notes: Cargill caves to CAIR, will allow Somali workers to reapply for jobs in 30 days

It all boils down to the fact that ‘Big Meat’ doesn’t want to pay higher wages and so they have become completely dependent on refugee labor.  In the meantime, they are changing the face of rural America.

They can get away with cheap wages as long as the federal government (and their resettlement contractors) continue to bring them fresh refugee laborers every year.   While they get away with paying low wages, you supplement the refugee family’s income with welfare payments!  What a business model for the meatpacking industry.

Related submissions to sharia by meat plants:

Why companies and the media still associate with the known terrorist group CAIR baffles the mind. Some background via Rogues gallery of terror-tied CAIR leaders.

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