EEOC: Muslim Employee’s Rights Violated

A Missouri company is on the hot seat with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its alleged treatment of a Muslim employer.

The EEOC has charged  KASCO, LLC, a St. Louis company which manufactures and sells butcher supplies and meat processing equipment, violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by discriminating against an employee because of her adherence to Islam and her Afghan descent.

EEOC also alleged KASCO retaliated against her when she complained about the discriminatory treatment.

The EEOC alleges in its lawsuit that  Latifa Sidiqi had worked for KASCO since 2008, most recently as a buyer. After she began more seriously practicing her religion in 2012, a supervisor and others began making derogatory comments about her fasting during Ramadan, wearing a hijab, and her native country, Afghanistan. The commission charged that Sidiqi was fired during Ramadan 2013 because of her religion and national origin, and because she complained about her supervisor’s treatment.

If proven, the company’s behavior runs afoul of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits religious discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs so long as this does not pose an undue hardship.

Here’s yesterday’s announcement of the lawsuit.

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