Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Somali Women Claim Employer Discrimination in Minnesota Tortilla Factory

Each day millions of Americans head out to work, many of whom who wear uniforms in their profession and yet six Muslim Somali women working in a tortilla factory in Minnesota are not only refusing to wear their uniforms but have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming "religious discrimination".

CAIR, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties group, is demanding the company give the women back their jobs and let them wear the Muslim prescribed loose fitting skirts and scarves, which would be dangerous to the women in a workplace where there's mechanical equipment.
"For these women, wearing tight-fitting pants is like being naked," said Valerie Shirley, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. "It's simply not an option."
We wondered, how many Americans sympathize with these women's "plight"?

While most Americans may grouse about working, there are certain things that each of us know, certain things that seem to be missing from the Somali women and CAIR's mindset which set them apart.

We may grouse about having to wear a uniform for work but we know that at some point we're grateful to have that job, to be able to pay our bills, feed our children, or use it as a stepping stone to another job, a better life.

What we don't do is, once we get a job is harbor a sense of entitlement, that we are now the ones who can set the rules on what we can and cannot wear. We know that if an employer mandates we must wear a uniform, either we wear the uniform and do our job, or we find work elsewhere. What we don't do, is run to the EEOC claiming religious discrimination and then have our religious guard dogs, CAIR, come in and get heavy handed, calling our employers religious bigots, blackmailing them into getting our job back. This is not how Americans behave.

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Source - Star Tribune - Muslim Women: Dress Code Violates Faith
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