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EEOC Sues Star Transport, Inc. for Religious Discrimination

Posted by on Apr. 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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EEOC Sues Star Transport, Inc. for Religious Discrimination

Agency Charges Trucking Company Failed to Accommodate and Wrongfully Terminated Two Muslim Employees For Refusal to Deliver Alcohol Due to Religious Beliefs

PEORIA, Ill. - Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Ill., violated federal law by failing to accommodate two employees because of their religion, Islam, and discharging them, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

The lawsuit alleged that Star Transport refused to provide two employees with an accommodation of their religious beliefs when it terminated their employment because they refused to deliver alcohol. According to EEOC District Director John P. Rowe, who supervised administrative investigation prior to filing the lawsuit, "Our investigation revealed that Star could have readily avoided assigning these employees to alcohol delivery without any undue hardship, but chose to force the issue despite the employees' Islamic religion."

Failure to accommodate the religious beliefs of employees, when this can be done without undue hardship, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion. The EEOC filed suit, (EEOC v. Star Transport, Inc., Civil Action No. 13 C 01240-JES-BGC, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria, assigned to U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid), after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its statutory conciliation process. The agency seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the fired truck drivers and an order barring future discrimination and other relief.

John Hendrickson, the EEOC Regional Attorney for the Chicago District Office said, "Everyone has a right to observe his or her religious beliefs, and employers don't get to pick and choose which religions and which religious practices they will accommodate. If an employer can reasonably accommodate an employee's religious practice without an undue hardship, then it must do so. That is a principle which has been memorialized in federal employment law for almost50 years, and it is why EEOC is in this case."

The EEOC's Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.


Here's the link:


http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-29-13.cfm

by on Apr. 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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ashellbell
by shellbark on Apr. 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM
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That's stupid. That's not discrimination, that's refusing to do your job. The only way they should win is if they were told that they wouldn't ever have to transport alcohol. Nope nope nope.
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM
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The company wasn't asking them to drink it, just deliver it.
Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 12:08 PM
This. However, if they were told when hired that would be accommodated. If that's the case, it changes things.

I don't really know the laws regarding transport of alcohol, but I have never seen alcohol delivered with other goods so I wonder if there are special certifications or regulations regarding alcohol transport.


Quoting ashellbell: That's stupid. That's not discrimination, that's refusing to do your job. The only way they should win is if they were told that they wouldn't ever have to transport alcohol. Nope nope nope.
motha2daDuchess
by Bruja on Apr. 10, 2015 at 12:45 PM
How long did these guys work there?
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 12:58 PM
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From the EEOC

"Our investigation revealed that Star could have readily avoided assigning these employees to alcohol delivery without any undue hardship, but chose to force the issue despite the employees’ Islamic religion"

Hrmmmm, so having a religious ind. do something else that DIDN'T involve going against their beliefs~ is acceptable.... For some...  "undue hardship". 

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