$240K Jury Award in EEOC Lawsuit on Behalf of Muslim Drivers Who Wouldn’t Transport Alcohol

A trucking company’s discrimination against two of its Muslim drivers has cost it big time.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that a federal jury awarded the two drivers, fired from their jobs at Star Transport because they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs, $240,000.

Both told the employer that making them transport the alcohol would violate their religious beliefs under Islamic law.

The jury awarded Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale $20,000 each in compensatory damages and $100,000 each in punitive damages. The presiding federal judge awarded each approximately $1,500 in back pay.

EEOC filed the suit in 2013, as I reported at that time.

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