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?
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