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 2015-03-04 17:14:24 -0500
Another top notch “report” from “The Rebel”, citing another news source, based on U.S. news at that, and of course it’s about a Muslim. How is this relevant to Canada? Well, it isn’t, other than the fact Ezra Levant wants to stir up “the right” in an anti-Muslim frenzy without basis, trumping up fear. That’s why Ezra Levant has the website

Just because the government in power, and Ezra Levant, claim to be “right wing” doesn’t make it true:. Those of you being stirred up in this manor are being set up to be considered “domestic extremists” just like everyone else you don’t like:

Divide and conquer. There is no left and right, there is only the global banking cartel and you.
commented 2015-03-04 16:45:48 -0500
John Galt, when you accuse “folks on the right” of islamaphobia, aren’t you guilty of the same bias you accuse us of, of tarring us all with the same brush?

Some Muslims are violent. Some on the right are bigoted. Just like every other group you can name. Why not give individuals a chance and listen to our views instead of assuming we all think like you think we do?
commented 2015-03-04 16:43:37 -0500
John Galt is it not true that nearly everyday we can be regaled by a new story of beheadings by Muslims? Are you suggesting that we should ignore the nexus between that religion and brutal executions for lifestyle,faith,or political choices? Have there not been terror plots by muslims in Ontario as well an attack where Allah Akbar was screamed by the perpetrator? Does ignoring these things make any sense? Just because every muslim isn’t a terrorist, doesn’t mean nearly every terrorist is a muslim, so it would serve you better to give a little more attention to that faith regarding religious based violence. Can you show me any photos of Muslims at the Pride parade, yet if a Christian holds a negative view of gays it’s front page news. How hard is it to expect a group to accommodate the culture they join? What is the problem then?
commented 2015-03-04 16:42:21 -0500
Based on the details provided, there was no discrimination. Touching wrapped pork is not forbidden in Islam. Demanding a job in electronics when there is none is unreasonable. Yet Costco did its best to accommodate their employee.

But do we have all the facts? I hope not. Because, if so, I’ve never heard of a more frivolous suit.
commented 2015-03-04 16:41:43 -0500
It is NOT OKAY to treat your EMPLOYERS with CONTEMPT because YOU hold a different belief!!..They are NOT REQUIRED TO HIRE YOU!!
commented 2015-03-04 16:29:15 -0500
In Canada the HRC would find Costco guilty. Shame…
commented 2015-03-04 16:27:15 -0500
Make that $1,000,000
commented 2015-03-04 16:26:31 -0500
Well! The $100,000,000 frivolous law suit against MacDonald encouraged the greedy, the crazy, and now the Canadianophobes to go for the gold. What a great way to disrupt our retail stores, economy, schools, government offices, recreation centres, culture, and political landscape. Like the lefts greatest tool (Political Correctness), lawfare will have anyone having anything to do with these islamophiles shaking in their boots. Fear of reprisal is a great weapon.
commented 2015-03-04 16:09:34 -0500
you’re right, Robert. in fact, i’m surprised the street of Toronto aren’t running with blood given that almost half a million mulsims live in the gta. and to think that Therebel lets its female staff give reports from the streets? watch your heads, ladies!

i used to think liberals were using an unfair smear when they accused folks on the right of “islamophobia,” but the more time i spend in the comment section here, the more i wonder if they might be correct.
commented 2015-03-04 16:06:10 -0500
If this were a case in Canada I’d say Costco would be screwed but in America, where they actually believe in standing up for themselfs, this guy will not get his “payday”. I say kick him to the curb and good riddance!!!
commented 2015-03-04 16:01:42 -0500
Muslim cashiers are using the same excuse everywhere to subdue employers to their demands and are using Pork and alcohol as an excuse to force the employer.
too bad that the courts are allowing This type of discrimination claims when they’re not.
I would hire someone that can handle everything.
commented 2015-03-04 15:59:38 -0500
Costco bent over backwards to accommodate this religious belief. Once again we see a muslim using the rules of his religion to benefit him at the expense of his employer. It is time we understood that muslims are at war with western religions and western culture. They will never be satisfied until they are ruling over us and forcing us to bow to their alleged holy places. Muslims are bullies and the only way to stop a bully is to stand into him.
commented 2015-03-04 15:54:14 -0500
John Galt are you really going to say that? Muslims can be very scary when they are up close and personally decapitating people on a regular basis. As for other faiths can you explain which one prohibits their adherents from touching wrapped food items? Give it a break you dhimmi fool.
commented 2015-03-04 15:47:46 -0500
You can never accommodate a crank. No matter what you do they are offended. People like this are best on their own because they can’t get along with normal well adjusted people. In this case it was not a case of religious discrimination but jerk discrimination – the employer does not hire jerks.
commented 2015-03-04 15:46:33 -0500
He asked for different treatment when he asked to not have to touch any pork or alcohol products, then complained for receiving an alternative duty that does not require him to handle either product. The fact is he would not likely actually touch any alcohol or pork product especially if he wore gloves. The only discrimination I see comes from him trying get force Costco to demote someone from their job in the Electronics Department to take over the job he applied for. I have Muslim friends who have worked as cashiers and they never said they had a problem with handling any products, even though they do not consume them.
If he told them he would not touch pork before being hired and was therefore not hired, he would have have still sued for discrimination … he is just looking for an easy pay day just like his other Terrorist Extortionist buddies.
commented 2015-03-04 15:40:47 -0500
The over-accommodation is so bad in Sweden for example, that government positions are offered to candidates who speak Arabic, Turkish or Albanian over ethnic Swedes that speak only Swedish.
A failed state within 15 years.
commented 2015-03-04 15:34:27 -0500
Nice play Camara, now explain why halal beef doesn’t have to meet the standards of any health officials. Properly processed pork is safer than your alternative.
commented 2015-03-04 15:25:00 -0500
i was very happy to see the knowledgeable responses to her charges of racism. Dozens of Reader’s responded against her absurd comments.
commented 2015-03-04 15:22:16 -0500
A local News paper had a story about a Muslim woman who said she faced racism. I was verybhappy
commented 2015-03-04 15:19:30 -0500
I’m willing to be that Camara did not mention his unwillingness to touch pork before he was hired. He probably conveniently forgot until he was safely hired. The fact this is even going to court says everything about how dysfunctional the system is.
commented 2015-03-04 15:17:56 -0500
muslims sure are scary, eh? and scheming.

i’m glad adherents of other faiths don’t make questionable discrimination claims. or have food purity laws!
commented 2015-03-04 15:14:20 -0500
You have a right to worship how you choose, if a job becomes between your worship because it’s duties are causing you to violate the rules of the religion then you can find a new job. Tolerance does not mean accommodation. I have an aversion to working with muslims because so many slaughter non-muslims, but my job doesn’t accommodate my my beliefs so I have two choices quit or suck it up.
commented 2015-03-04 15:10:36 -0500
Maybe the store should have accommodated him and everyone else in the world with a “NO PORK” line! And a "DON"T WEAR PINK" line, and a "IF YOU ARE OFFENDED EASILY " line, and, and, and….give me a break. I think the company did what they were supposed to and its obvious that this guy has learned to get his hand out.
commented 2015-03-04 15:05:47 -0500
How Muslim of him. Using our laws protecting tolerance to practice intolerance. And there are courts stupid enough to be duped by this disingenuous sophistry. Shame on us.
commented 2015-03-04 14:58:14 -0500
Nothing more than an effort to change the culture and values of a country, and to get free publicity for their group. They must be a central co-ordination body somewhere to keep the courts busy with these petty and frivolous issues. Most likely the country’s tax payers are paying for the plaintiff’s lawyer.
commented 2015-03-04 14:50:34 -0500
No! He was not being discriminated against. I a real world he would have been fired.