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US Meat plant ordered to pay Somali workers for damages

Greely (SD) – JBS has been ordered to pay $ 5.5 million in compensation to 300 Somali Muslim workers, due to workers being subjected to racism and religious discrimination.

A lawsuit was filed in 2010, alleging that the employees at the JBS subsidiary in Greeley, Colorado, Muslim workers were denied access to places of worship.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission filled the lawsuit alleging that JBS management did not allow Muslim workers to pray in accordance with Islamic law, and that workers are harassed when they asked to take short breaks for prayers.

“This case serves as a reminder that systemic discrimination and harassment remain significant problems that we as a society must tackle,” EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows said in a statement.

Somalis working for JBS in Colorado plant came under increasing pressure after they requested an schedule change for iftar.

The Beef Plant has been ordered to take back the all the fired Somali workers. and to allowed them to worship without discrimination.

JBS is the second largest company in the United States in the production of Beef, Poultry and Pork.

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