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 2015-03-05 13:44:00 -0500
Prongay: of course i won’t because that’s a stupid idea.
commented 2015-03-05 13:41:44 -0500
Robert, your comments to John we right on the money. The only thing I might add is that you can’t open the news paper any more and read all about the terrorist attacks. The MSM media Bairley covers that any more. They are to busy slamming Harper or telling us the latest liberal elite movie stares latest wardrobe malfunction. You now have to go looking for real news stories. Especially terrorist attacks in foreign country’s. Thanks to The rebel we can still see and hear what is going on around the world when it comes to terrorists. If people knew all the atrocities committed in various country’s on a daily basis they would be horrified and truly understand how dangerous these people really are. The movie American Sniper touched on it briefly with the “butcher” this is the norm in Iraq, Syria, and now moving into Africa. People have absolutely no idea what unthinkable attrosities are happening. What a sheltered life we live.
commented 2015-03-05 13:41:04 -0500
Well in that case being that I won’t be killing Muslims, maybe you should go a mosque in Brampton and tell them you find their ideas vile, because some them had planned to kill some of us. I’d like to see you people actually stand up to real threats rather than argue with boring, hateful, conservatives like me. Will you do that and film it for me?
commented 2015-03-05 13:25:30 -0500
Prongay: i was just repeated your own words to you. but i’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, since your passions were evidently inflamed when you wrote that comment. i suppose you meant you hate muslims because their religion prevents them from attaining or valuing freedom, and you hate that. i still find that repugnant, but you’re clearly immovable.

do you feel like i hate you? i don’t. i do find your ideas vile, though.
commented 2015-03-05 13:18:54 -0500
No Dhimmi, but if that’s how you feel then don’t hate racists if they were born to another racist, you pretzel logic dimwit. Come up with something better, you’re growing stupider as we go along.
commented 2015-03-05 13:08:24 -0500
Prongay: you said “Yes many of us don’t like muslims not because they worship some other god or book, or because they’re darker. It is because they have no freedom,liberty,or seemingly the desire for such in their homelands.” so, you will hate a person for where he or she is born? disgusting.
commented 2015-03-05 13:01:09 -0500
So John you missed the point where muslims themselves have not founded free democracies, therefore I blame their culture and themselves for their plight. Is that too hard a concept for you? It’s called responsibility, can you please explain why muslims do not have a true democracy anywhere that entails the liberties every western nation has? I guess you could say the correlation between Islam and terror,lack of freedom, and lack of universal rights is not a causation, but based on their attitudes regarding our laws when they arrive here I’d say there is something to it. So explain to me where that body of evidence worldwide and my views are wrong.

As for taking literal your remarks it took about 7 posts for you to say everything you’ve been saying regarding my speech was just a figure of speech, not that I necessarily should except that when HRCs very frequently take literal every statement they go after. As for insulting me keep going, because you are the fool arguing a faith in multiculturalism that has yet to provide a defense for the examples I cite. Rather than worry about me reading books, maybe you should open a newspaper and read of the daily attacks in the name Islam.
commented 2015-03-05 12:53:45 -0500
I’m thinking company’s will start to err on the side of caution when it comes to there hiring practises. Who can blame them. Muslims by sitting silent are causing themselves more more problems. They need to show on mass that they are hear to be a part of our culture not change it.
commented 2015-03-05 12:31:46 -0500
Prongay: the conclusions you arrive at are astonishing. and you still haven’t explained how it make sense to hate muslims who live in countries without freedom. that’s ok though, because the answer is bound to be nonsensical.

when i said i didn’t want to live in a country dominated by xenophobia and paranoia i meant it rhetorically, in the sense that i don’t want to see my country become that way. it’s a common turn of phrase, but i guess i was expecting too much from you. i guess i should have spelled it out for you. or maybe you should read a book sometime. you really are quite dim.
commented 2015-03-05 12:20:58 -0500
John Galt you seem to see yourself as logical, but fail to apply logic accurately, there are no Muslim nations with the full freedoms we enjoy, does that not make you wonder why? So if the religion and culture are at fault and they come here trying to alter our culture to theirs I should just smile about and go along with it? Why do I owe an inferior culture that benefit?

You are a dhimmi and yes of course like all you “tolerant” types you take it to mean you are somehow superior to those that “hate”.

As for you opposing speech, you didn’t say you’d talk against, you said you didn’t want to live in country where ideas you consider xenophobic are present. So again it leaves two choices silence it through law or you leave sorry if you think I should decipher your meanings when you clearly do not attempt to understand my well defined statements.

You can keep hurling your insults, I love them. I do hate Islam and I do not trust it adherents, which I arrived at by seeing polls, watching their terror, and personal observation. You on the other hand arrived at it being no threat because there hasn’t been a large scale attack here despite the Ottawa shooting, the Kahdar family, jihadis from here going overseas, and Imams here advocating violence, so which of the two of us is using extant reality and which is using his faith? It’s obvious you think a lack of freedom in the Islamic world is somehow the fault of the west or else you’d ask some tough questions of your beliefs. I can give anecdotes of individual muslims that are fine, but as whole the faith poses a threat, why don’t you think so based on what is in front of you?
commented 2015-03-05 11:11:26 -0500
I sometimes specifically chose the Muslim cashier just so she/he can practice tolerance by coming in contact with my pork products.
commented 2015-03-05 11:05:18 -0500
Prongay: i’ll respond to your comment in parts.

part one, about dislike muslims because they have no freedom in their homelands. i’ll let you marinate in that one for a while, since it’s so self-evidently irrational, maybe you’ll realize the stupidity of that statement on its own.

part two: do i pat myself on the back? maybe. i didn’t think so. i thought i was just arguing my point.
part two (b): i am “dhimmi.” right. you got me there.

part three: i want speech silenced? no. but i will argue against speech i think is misguided, or harmful, wrong, or annoying. if i support freedom i’d love you saying things that get you marginalized? no. i do support Freedom, and i love to see the principle in effect. again, marinate with that one and maybe you’ll realize how irrational that statement is. (need help? here’s a thought experiment. in a society with absolute freedom one could advocate slavery, or genocide. should i love such statements? i dunno, i guess you said i should…)

part four: the thing about me intending on leaving canada or something? i really have no idea how you arrived at this. you have this stream-of-consciousness thing you seem to get into when the spittle starts flying and the neural circuits start backfiring. of course your assumption, or sarcastic point, or whatever you are trying to do there is wrong.
commented 2015-03-05 10:44:48 -0500
Hey Galt I don’t like Muslims because they don’t have freedom. That is completely accurate, however the reason they don’t have freedoms in their home countries is because it is incompatible with their religion. So yes I blame them and I find it hypocritical that they come to the west and seek to pass on that culture of Sharia here, should I be blamed for seeing this culture as inferior? It sounds to me like you prefer patting yourself on the back for accepting their inferior culture more than defending your own . You are dhimmi more worried about offending religious freaks than supporting my freedoms to discuss the negatives of that religion.
You stated" i don’t feel threatened or fearful of your beliefs, except in the sense that i don’t want to be associated with them, or live in a country needlessly clouded by the politics of xenophobia." , which sure sounds like you want that speech silenced even though you stated it’s not threatening or fearful to you. If you supported freedom you’d love me saying things that get me marginalized, but judging from the growing sentiment of anti-muslim backlash you seem to think that isn’t the result being anti-muslim so you want what a… a censor? Pardon me for assuming that you wanted to stay here, but I guess I could take your statement to mean you intend on leaving, because I sure as hell won’t be changing my opinions and it seems that they are growing amongst the populace. I suggest Saudi Arabia for you just don’t rock the boat when they stone adulterers or execute rape victims it might not end well.
commented 2015-03-05 06:55:14 -0500
This guy’s an opportunist. As has been pointed out, no one was requiring him to eat pork or drink alcohol and it’s doubtful that human rights legislation in the State of New York requires Costco to make a special job for him or assign him to a department that is already fully staffed. Here in Ontario however, employers are not required to make special jobs or to put you in a department where there are no vacancies to accommodate your religious beliefs. However, if he took his beef to the Human Rights Tribunal chances are good he would get a minimum of $5,000 simply for injury to his dignity even if the employer did nothing wrong. The finding of the HRT would be that the employer didn’t try hard enough. The dismissal, whatever the reason for it, would get him another $25,000 because there might be a connection between his filing a complaint and getting canned. You can pad your income nicely by playing this game.
commented 2015-03-05 06:37:20 -0500
Observers have concluded that store owners and managers everywhere will have a simple unofficial solution to this problem. Stop hiring freakin Muslims ! It is WRONG for these horrible people to impose a lifestyle choice against the country that generously adopted them. Quite frankly, there are many of us, as customers, who do not want to be even served by Muslims in stores. As for Muslim doctors, especially gynecologists … they are out of the question !
commented 2015-03-05 05:30:06 -0500
So here’s a thing: one would know about CostCo selling pork products and liquor products. They advertise this to their customers regularly. As an employee in whatever department, you should pick up on this (unless you’re a moron, then get your worker to explain it to you). After choosing to work a job that offers items that are not acceptable to your religious tenets, you decide to ascend to some higher moral ground….. Don’t have a problem with anyone that uses common sense, would like to knock off those who don’t. CostCo or muslims have nothing to apologise for. CostCo should be able to refuse employment to any who refuse to work with their product. Simple. Not racist, not profiling, just done.
commented 2015-03-05 04:41:15 -0500
I once lived in a free country called Canada. I still live in Canada but it isn’t a free country any more, even though we have a supposedly conservative federal government. But really it is a slightly right of center government with a slightly right of Jean Chretien Prime Minsister, Stephen Harper. And the country isn’t free because we have a Suprme Court that recently ruled that truth is no defence, and also we have so-called human rights commisions and tribunals that intimidate and punish people who say things they believe that these commissions don’t like them to say. Things that used to be okay to say in Canada, when it was a free country, but are now forbidden by the thought and speech police called human rights commissions. So the people can’t speak freely any more, but only the right gets punished for transgressing the new speech restrictions, so the left and the phone right, like our current government, don’t do anything to get rid of the thought and speech police. I miss the old Canada where we could speak freely and not worry about being intimidated and punished for doing so. We all know what we can’t talk about now, and it just doesn’t feel like freedom any more, because, well, it isn’t freedom any more, it’s tyranny. But that’s okay with the left and the phony right because they don’t believe in freedom any more, they believe in tyranny. I’m glad TheRebel is here now to replace Sun News Network which was forced off the air while the federal ‘conservative’ government did nothing to stop that from happening. Maybe if enough folks get concerned enough, we can elect a conservative government with a real conservative Prime Minister who believes in doing more than just managing the economy and keeping criminals locked up longer. These are good things of course, but they just don’t make up for the fact that we live in a guilded prison now. Does anyone else miss freedom and want it back? Or is it just me? If you do miss it and want it back, speak up on TheRebel. I know the folks here won’t mind, in fact I’m sure they miss freedom too, which is why some of the former Sun News Network folks came together here to speak and let us speak too. As much as we can without being prosecuted for saying things we aren’t allowed to say any more, that is. I sure miss freedom.
commented 2015-03-05 04:15:53 -0500
Ok – this is where it gets…..complex. First, don’t discriminate against the guy because he’s Muslim. That’s just not right. There are hard working Muslims that honour their faith and religion – and, then there are these fundamentalists. There’s a difference. Second – Religion. I’m not religious, but, i know certain religions say that you can’t eat/drink this or that. That’s fine, don’t. HOWEVER, this is where it starts to get “complex”. He says it’s against his religion to Touch Pork or Alcohol. When i think of that, i think “Ok, he’s referring to eating or drinking those things.” So, when i heard he was working the register – the flag went up. I could UNDERSTAND if you were, working in the meat department. Sure. That means, don’t apply to do that job. But, TOUCHING and EATING – are 2 different things!!! Hell, Muslims, Jews, etc….work with meat all the time. They Touch it. Doesn’t mean they’re eating it. THAT’S where the religion part of that comes in. Secondly, he’s working as a cashier. The meat, i would hope – is PACKAGED! And, same with the Booze…it’s in a BOTTLE, CAN….BOX lol.

Geebus. If you’re equating TOUCHING a package to devouring it – there’s something wrong. But, this is how the legal system goes down in the states. Frivolous lawsuits. "Sure! Let’s sue because it’s against my religion to “touch” said product – even though, in reality, i have to ingest the crap! BIG PAYDAY!"
commented 2015-03-05 03:27:22 -0500
Serves Costco right. Hire Muslims to pander to the MultiVulti Fairies get requisite punishment.
commented 2015-03-05 03:20:54 -0500
I wonder if the job was explained to the guy before he was hired. If so he should be thrown out by the court. Smart companies will probably not hire anyone who appears even a slight risk from now on because nowadays who needs the hassle.
As for Costco they like to brag about how diverse they are, I wonder how it’s working out for them now.
commented 2015-03-05 02:40:12 -0500
Hold on here. If it isn’t OK to treat them differently from others because of what they believe, then he can damn well handle the pork or get the hell out of the store! What gives here? Don’t they see the double standard!?? That’s amazing!
commented 2015-03-04 23:08:51 -0500
tom: i think the killings you refer to are tragic. i’m fortunate to be safe.
commented 2015-03-04 23:08:01 -0500
Prongay: by what leap of logic do you conclude that i would prefer to live in a country ruled by censors?
commented 2015-03-04 23:06:56 -0500
Prongay: you don’t like muslims because they don’t have Freedom? (“Yes many of us don’t like muslims not because they worship some other god or book, or because they’re darker. It is because they have no freedom,liberty,or seemingly the desire for such in their homelands”) that’s a bizarre line of thought.
commented 2015-03-04 22:58:30 -0500
John Galt I suppose you would prefer to live in a country where censors rule what is OK to actually think. It would be so much better to live in place where patriotism was viewed as xenophobia and cheering honor killings, FGM, and Sharia courts were viewed as part of a rich cultural mosaic, god man you are sickening , just sickening .
commented 2015-03-04 22:45:06 -0500
Costco, in my view, bend over backwards to accommodoate this guy. If he finds working under Costco rules intolerable, he can resign and go find work somewhere where he is happier. End of story.
commented 2015-03-04 22:44:01 -0500
Well Tom it doesn’t seem to matter they’ve killed here either to him. It’s more important to feel morally superior by pretending that Islamic terror is a just a skewed viewpoint of some whites. !5,000 acts of terror since 9-11 mean nothing to him. He could mention Oklahoma City, the Atlanta Olympic bombing , the Unabomber and……. , oh yea pretty short list lol.
commented 2015-03-04 22:40:22 -0500
Then you are illiterate. It is quite obvious that you don’t think through your feel good bullshit about people. If you believe in freedom and liberty you must clearly be able to see it doesn’t exist in the Muslim world and you should scorn it. You should also be able to distinguish between Muslims not actively being terrorists yet supporting it through non-condemnation of the terrorists. Yes many of us don’t like muslims not because they worship some other god or book, or because they’re darker. It is because they have no freedom,liberty,or seemingly the desire for such in their homelands. I know the concept of reality is lost when you simplify your beliefs into a game of chance with terrorism. You don’t get it because you haven’t been a victim and you lack the balls to say that simply put western nations are BETTER then where these people come from. Congratulations you’re a dhimmi C*NT.
commented 2015-03-04 22:39:22 -0500
John Galt you don’t care Muslims are killing people all over the world. Strange but as long as you feel safe.
commented 2015-03-04 22:30:58 -0500
i have no idea what you were trying to say with that jumble of run-on sentences. i don’t feel threatened or fearful of your beliefs, except in the sense that i don’t want to be associated with them, or live in a country needlessly clouded by the politics of xenophobia.