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Cargill to pay $1,500,000 to Muslim workers, will allow them to pray when they want

Cargill Meat Solutions
America   Cargill does not accept the basis of these EEOC complaints

Cargill Meat Solutions, Rathod Mohamedbhai, and thernCouncil on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that they have reached a settlement to resolve EEOC charges filed on behalf of 138 Somali-American Muslim workers.


In their charges, the workers alleged wrongful termination based on discrimination and the wrongful revocation of a religious accommodation policy that permitted them to take short breaks to perform their obligatory prayers in accordance with their sincerely-held beliefs.

While Cargill does not accept the basis of these EEOC complaints, it decided to settle the matter out of court to avoid a protracted legal proceeding and provide all parties with a path forward.

The agreement includes a financial settlement of $1,500,000 for the 138 terminated employees, inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs.

In conjunction with this agreement, Cargill has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to allow Muslim workers to take short breaks to perform their obligatory prayers.

Cargill’s religious accommodation policy takes into account key business requirements, such as employee and food safety, and production line needs.

 

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