March 04, 2015

Costco accommodated a Muslim employee who refused to work with pork. Now he's suing them for religious discrimination

Rebel Staff

Does this sound like discrimination or accommodation to you?

A former Muslim employee at a Brooklyn, NY Costco refused work with pork, so he was reassigned to gathering carts outside.

Now, he's suing the company for religious discrimination.

Jean Camara told ABC News he was working as a cashier's assistant when pork came across the conveyor belt. He then told his managers he couldn't touch pork or alcohol because his Islamic beliefs forbid him from doing so.

Camara was then reassigned to gathering shopping carts outside, but claims his mangers never told him why he was reassigned.

He also reportedly kept asking to work in the electronics department inside, but was denied because there positions were not available.

This prompted Camara to file a human rights complaint against the company. He was fired 16 days later for insubordinate conduct.

“Just because you have a different belief, that doesn’t give anybody the right to treat you different,” Camara told ABC News.

Camara's attorney, Chauncey Henry, added, “It’s not OK to discriminate against someone for their religion. It isn’t OK. It isn’t OK to treat them differently from others because of what they believe.”

So, according to Henry, should Costco have made Camara continue to work as a cashier's assistant despite the fact he refused to work with pork? Is reassigning him away from a position where he'd work with pork discriminatory?

Or is denying him a position in the electronics department discriminatory?

“I think that as the case progresses in the trial we are in now, I think the facts are going to come out and they’re going to speak for themselves,” Henry said.

I guess we'll see won't we?

SOUND OFF in the comments: was Jean Camara being discriminated against? 

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commented 2016-09-02 22:01:54 -0400
What a display! You combatants should meet somewher for coffee, or perhaps at a boxing club and sort out your differences. Even scanning the spate of diatribe was hard work; for the most part because you were not really listening to the other side -any of you. Nothing better to do than playing “king of the mountain”?
commented 2015-03-06 16:02:40 -0500
Jane Doe – Given that the entire world seems to think Canada is a cash cow, you could be right.
commented 2015-03-06 15:31:27 -0500
I dont see discrimination here, he didnt want to handle pork so he was reassigned to gathering carts, sounds like Costco tried to accommodate his wishes. sounds like he is just looking for an easy cashcow. JD
commented 2015-03-05 17:32:11 -0500
Ashley Nicholas – Regarding your comment "they need to show in mass that they are here to be a part of our culture not change it, yes they are certainly displaying in mass in the world although they will never be a part of any culture other than the Islam all encompassing way of life.
commented 2015-03-05 17:27:57 -0500
Thanks, Cathy to bring the issue back on track.
commented 2015-03-05 17:24:23 -0500
Cathy Rochford – As for lying, if there is one thing people should take from the Koran (although there are of course many other frightening instructions as well) it is that it is completely permissable and in fact encouraged to lie to the infidels to get ahead! Of course he knew all this, and he simply knows that in an accomodating and overly tolerant free country such as ours one can get away with this and receive compensation to boot!
commented 2015-03-05 17:13:08 -0500
When this muslim was hired he knew there was pork products there so he should have told the manager at the time that he could not work with pork. He did not mention this fact and therefore is guilty of lying through omission which in any employment agreement is grounds for termination. This employer did him a favor by trying to accommodate him and it wasn’t good enough. His termination stands and he should get nothing. He is nothing but a trouble maker.
commented 2015-03-05 17:04:16 -0500
SEAN CARNEGIE: The council of Trent never said that. That’s absolute nonsense. The council of Trent said that in cases where scripture is unclear, or contradictory, or there is a difference of opinion, that the magisterium maintains final authority to interpret said scripture. This is what had always been done, and what has always been done since. That’s how the Christian church functions, and how it has functioned since the very beginning. Nothing new or unusual about Trent. Nor is there anything new or unusual that comes from any council. They simply codify the issues of the day from what would have previously been the “common” or unwritten law. Our entire system of laws still works this way today both in the Church, but also in the “common law”.
commented 2015-03-05 16:47:41 -0500
Prongay: i said it was good because earlier you expressed an aversion to working with muslims, which seems irrational and unfair, and generally counterproductive to positive social relations. i’m pleased that your aversion isn’t as strong as the way you put it at first.

i don’t know if you’re alluding to me, but i don’t think i’m prejudiced against conservatives. i try not to be, anyway— i consider myself one, after all.
commented 2015-03-05 16:42:31 -0500
Really? So the Council of Trent doesn’t mean what it means? For those unaware, the Council of Trent established the rule of “In case of disagreement between the Bible and us, we’re right.” It ain’t slander if it’s true.
commented 2015-03-05 16:38:26 -0500
SEAN CARNEGIE: FALSE. The enlightenment and the Protestant schism have nothing whatsoever to do with each other. Get your historical facts straight before you attempt to slander the Catholic Church, or anyone else. Protestants underwent the same enlightenment as everyone else. The Christian enlightenment started in the 17th century. The protestant schism in the 16th.
commented 2015-03-05 16:37:19 -0500
Sean I have no reason to doubt you…… YIKES. I guess those multiculturalists will be learning very quickly what some of us worry about.
commented 2015-03-05 16:35:34 -0500
John, odd that you call that good,I’m not assuming it’s the only thing you find good, but in and of itself that comment is not a good thing, it’s just a statement. I suppose it would also [lease you to know I once took a work class led by a gay guy, who seemingly went through pains to not say his partner was a man, and I got along with him too. I guess once you mention your conservatism a lot of people just a prejudiced by their own beliefs lol.
commented 2015-03-05 16:26:49 -0500
Prongay: “I obviously have worked with and been friendly with Muslims…” really? i wouldn’t have guessed. good for you though.
commented 2015-03-05 16:21:42 -0500
For those who wish for Islam to go through a reformation and enlightenment: it’s currently happening. ISIS/Wahabism is exactly that. The Christian Reformation was a return to the text instead of the Catholic Church’s “This is the way it is” approach. Islam is returning to their texts. Those who have read them know this. Just read Chapters 4 and 9 to see what I mean: the last ones written in the Koran.
commented 2015-03-05 16:20:44 -0500
Wow John a cogent response thank you. I have an aversion to working with cultists of all types, but hey it’s really just muslims I see that description. I obviously have worked with and been friendly with Muslims, but I do find that the “longer the beard” (don’t take that literal) the greater the militancy. I walked everyday with a muslim kid (Jordanian) everyday after school to baseball practice in grade 5-6 and he didn’t kill me, but that was the early 80’s,lol.

As for events like I said I’m from North Jersey so I got real up close and personal with Muslim terror on 9-11, that one is hard to let go. Keep going and you see the beltway sniper, 7-7, Bali bombing,Fort hood, the first WTC attack, which I sat in a bar in Hoboken and watched as the commuters came back rather terrified, the list is long and real. On other fronts there are terror attacks daily, threats and plots on a regular basis and quite a few homegrown jihadis heading overseas. Like Robert said so clearly Islam is in need of some form of reformation that seems to be not forthcoming. Until that time I’ll use my prejudice to protect me.
commented 2015-03-05 16:11:51 -0500
Good point. Islam discriminates itself insisting not to integrate and discriminating against all other religions and societal values. It seems that, somehow, they should be discriminated from Muslims.
My choice though would be to keep the Islamists go through the enlightenment and reform process were they are now, before giving them the chance to ruin the better society they want to move in.
commented 2015-03-05 15:38:17 -0500
ROGERT PRONGAY: Unreformed Islam and western society are, absolutely, totally incompatible. Islam and “the west” will continue to crash until Islam goes through an enlightenment and reform, as Christianity did many centuries ago. My posting was intended to explain why this is. Unless you/we understand the nature of the conflict, there is no way to make sense of it, or understand why people behave the way they do.
commented 2015-03-05 15:21:01 -0500
Prongray: my choice not to capitalize is a stylistic decision— maybe a tiny bit political too, in that i reject the external authority of grammarians. but really it’s just for fun.

as for your religious beliefs, what i’m saying is i don’t care if you want to convert to islam. obviously you were trying to make a joke, whatever the intent. my point was that your beliefs are immaterial to me. they certainly won’t lead me to write off all lapsed catholics, or however you describe yourself.

i have not once suggested your ideas should be silenced. i have said they warrant criticism.

i don’t believe islam is a danger. i think that’s clear. i think forms of islam extremism are a danger. however, that doesn’t lead me to hate islam, because i don’t think that most muslims pose any threat.

you claim you believe what you do because of “events,” yet you said earlier you have an aversion to working with muslims “because so many slaughter non-muslims.” that seems to fit the definition of prejudice entirely.
commented 2015-03-05 15:17:05 -0500
Robert, if we head down this road then what is the point. Moral relativism is a pointless exercise. If it is as you say then Muslims can not live here. Western culture is supreme and most Muslims who leave that world claim they leave for freedom so either your definition is incorrect as to what they call freedom or they lie.

The way I see it and you should as well, is that our culture is better and if you don’t like it you can leave or stay where you are now. If we don’t think like that then what is the point of our society? We’ve built our way of life to suit us not others so you have a duty to assimilate or go back. I’m not trying to understand them, I’m trying to keep my family safe so if they believe God orders them to kill non-believers then maybe they should be sent back.
commented 2015-03-05 15:04:14 -0500
Wow you are a megalomaniac, I’m now not allowed to satirize, or can I analyze your thoughts, but you can mine. I find it amazing that you have thus far criticized me for using run-on sentences,my politics, my mental state, my literacy,and a host of other things and here in a single post you miss all of your similar shortcomings.

You fail to capitalize almost every sentence and almost half are incomplete. (no wonder you thought mine were run-on,lol).

You describe yourself as a sensitive yet say you don’t care about my religious beliefs while you’ve spent two days defending non-specific people of a single faith.

You claim you’re not a statist, but support an idea that my speech should be silenced.

You call me paranoid and lacking basic intelligence yet you’ve displayed no defense to my assertions of Islam being a danger.

Lastly you claim I suffer from prejudice and fear, but I’ve stated my beliefs are because of events I see not anybody’s background. As to the fear I’ve rationally explained the level of threat I feel from Islam, not once did I say I cower in corner because of them, so what is you want me to do? I know just agree with you, which I tried to, but you’re such a contrarian you can’t even see that even if it were satire. God you must be just full of fun in your real life lol.
commented 2015-03-05 15:04:13 -0500
You guys need to understand that Muslims, and to a certain degree any Orthodox Christians view “freedom” differently than you. “Freedom” is defined by the ability to adhere to God’s word. One is “free” when one is able, without restriction to live in the word of God. This freedom is what brings these people peace and contentment. It is not about self-centred ideas of secular “freedom”, it that we are free to do as we please, when we please, with whomever we please. Its about being children of God, and being able to fully and completely live that role. So when you say there are no “free” muslim countries, please be aware that your definition of freedom, and their definition of freedom are completely different. They view themselves as being free, and they view you/us as being in bondage/slavery. Until you understand this, you have no hope of understanding them.
commented 2015-03-05 14:59:17 -0500
I once employed a Muslim kid in a food outlet and he had handle pork as well as receive cash for the product. His Imam told him it was against the rules to make money off of selling pork. Initially the kid said he felt the Imam was full of S but eventually the guy got to him and he quit.
commented 2015-03-05 14:55:32 -0500
Unfortunately this is why employers will think twice before hiring Muslims. No racism just who needs the potential hassle.
commented 2015-03-05 14:52:48 -0500
How many employees can afford to hire or find a “pro bono” lawyer for much better discrimination cases than this “poor” guy?
You would not believe the amount of Islamic money available to Islamist which stir-up and fabricate cases against the established societies. And they will get the best MSM coverage available.
commented 2015-03-05 14:34:37 -0500
Prongay: let me get this straight. now in your hypothetical scenario, i’m not going to a mosque and telling the worshippers why their beliefs are wrong. now for some reason i’m going there to defend the ideas of a nobody on the internet?

am i silencing you? it doesn’t seem like it. am i defending the beliefs of islam? show me where i have done so.

as for your own religious beliefs or lack thereof, i couldn’t care less. and your suppositions about my views on the canon of western thought are deluded and clearly rooted in a paranoiac mindset. you have the air of someone who lives his life seething with resentment. who did you wrong?

and i’m a statist now? ridiculous. sensitive, perhaps sometimes— but i don’t see that as a liability. have i once proposed any rules? i didn’t think so. i belief in the power of ideas. of course the power of ideas, and the mechanism of debate, depends on an interlocutor with basic intelligence and who is not hamstrung by prejudice and fear.
commented 2015-03-05 14:24:16 -0500
Sorry Ashley, I’m afraid John has showed me the light, it’s just or white privilege that makes us imagine these horrible acts are all Islamic, thank god for his enlightenment lol.
commented 2015-03-05 14:22:21 -0500
What’s so stupid? I mean these poor folks they can’t help it, maybe a nice liberal minded man like you can show them the way. You can explain how you are helping to silence repugnant bigots who want to force them to uncover their womens faces or to not hang homosexuals from cranes. How about you explain how I vilely loathe the lack of freedom in the Muslim world and how vile it is that I want to impose my hateful views against honor killing their wives and daughters. I imagine you could explain how people like me think rape victims testimony should be equal to the accused and how that implies that their culture of it having a 1/4 of the weight of man is bigoted.

Maybe you could even explain how I have common ground like being annoyed by open sexual displays during pride, and how just because I say I don’t like that rather than kill the people doing it, that there is hope that I too can one day support hanging gays for being gay. Maybe you can bridge a divide and explain how once a guy like me sees how wonderful it is to beat his wife for disobedience that maybe I’d get on board, after all she dares to talk back to me and even orders me around at times.

How about religion, although I was raised Catholic and still believe in god, I do find the mythology of that faith comical. Maybe I can take up Islam which is a more practical faith that orders me to do just about everything because a pedophilic epileptic murder jotted down his illusory thoughts while high. Shit man where the eff have you been John Galt? My whole life has been wrong, I should open myself up to ignoring fact and just be nicer in the name of your dogma of anti-colonialistic white guilt. While we’re at it maybe the pedagogy I believe in, is wrong, what is the sense of teaching western civ, that just perpetuates the notion that freedom and equality are somehow based upon the philosophies of great western thinkers. What was I think all these years, you’ve won me over John Galt, I guess that 35 years I spent in America getting some jingoistic education left me devoid of the belief I’m here to give others a break while I suffer for the sins of my ancestors both real and imagined.

John Galt, even the name speaks volumes as I assume the ideals of Rand are to be truly despised. Imagine a world where sensitive statists like you were allowed to create the rules. None of this free thought and expression, why should we question the leaders and how dare we make judgements from our white privileged backgrounds. I’m so sorry John Galt, whomever you are I am now awake to my sins.
commented 2015-03-05 13:44:00 -0500
Prongay: of course i won’t because that’s a stupid idea.