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Somali chicken-plant workers are awarded $1.35 million for discrimination

Posted by Judy K. Warner on April 2, 2009

We thought this was all settled last November, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune is just now reporting:

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.

The amount awarded was previously said to be $365,000; now it’s $1.35 million. Is this a different lawsuit? Maybe Ann can straighten me out. In addition, there are these requirements:

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.”

Thus progresses the stealth jihad.

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5 Responses to “Somali chicken-plant workers are awarded $1.35 million for discrimination”

  1. […] claimed break times did not accomodate their Islamic faith?  We told you about it here, here and here.  Well, yesterday the pieces came together when I realized that the case was brought by none other […]

  2. […] prayer accommodations won a lawsuit against the meatpacker.   We reported the story here and here, Jihad Watch has it here, and the EEOC official version of the judgement is […]

  3. Jim said

    Is there any question why jobs keep getting shipped out of the country? This company gives these people with zero job skills and low IQ a chance to make it here in America and this is their reward. The message is clear, don’t hire Somalians. This is only part of the cost the 1.35 mill. You have the lawyers on the defendant side too. Plus the reforms that will have to be made to protect the company, which will make life even harder on the workers. And the other bonus is they will be forced to pass the cost on to the consumers, that is you and me.
    I live in an area with many Chinese immigrants who come from poor backgrounds in China. They have minimal education and come here looking to improve there lot in life. They don’t take Buddha prayer breaks and if the work does not suit them they find another job. They do not go to a lawyer and sue for ever thing they can like blacks usually do. They are willing to work hard and do everything you ask of them. Very different from blacks – American or foreign. Just something that seems very constant.

  4. mars said

    so they can afford to stock up on khat, and buy a bus ticket to Lewiston, Maine, or back to Minneaopolis or to the Al Shabaab/Al Quaeda training center of their choice (and maybe have enough left over to send their daughters to Kenya for a clitorectomy).

  5. sunny said

    Some $900,000 goes to the lawyers…. the $365,000 to the complainants is the same as it was….

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