Somalis sue US poultry processor
Nine Somali immigrant employees at Gold'n Plump
Poultry processor have alleged that they were discriminated against by their
employer because of their race and their religion.
In a law suit filed last week in the federal court in Minneapolis, the
group has alleged that the company would not permit them to take short breaks
during the day to pray in accordance with their Muslim faith, which requires
five prayers a day at times defined by position of the sun.
The lawsuit also claims that the company was more likely to make Somalis
work the night shift and do the least desirable jobs in the factory. Caucasians,
the lawsuit claims, were more likely to get promotions than Somalis.
Joe Snodgrass, attorney for the Somalis, asked the court for both
compensatory and punitive damages, and asked the judge to order the company to
provide "equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees." The
lawsuit does not specify an amount.
In a statement, Peggy Brown, director of human resources, said Gold'n Plump
religious beliefs of all employees and strives "to balance their religious
practices with the realities of a manufacturing lineâ€.
Brown said Gold'n Plump has made accommodations since 2003 to its Muslim
employees to provide them with opportunities to pray. She said the company
announced further changes last week, before it became aware of the lawsuit,
"that we believe provide yet more opportunity for observance of Muslim
She said Gold'n Plump was under no obligation to do so, and added that
"modifications of this nature affect and possibly disrupt the lives and
schedules of other employees."
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