Thursday, June 19, 2008

Employers Struggle to Accomodate Muslim Workers

Sudden Muslim Grievance Syndrome

One of the chancier things an employer in the civilized world can do is hire a Muslim.

Whether because of a false sense of shared multicultural values, sheer desperation, a lack of survival instinct, delusional optimism, or the failure to read a newspaper in the last 7 years, numerous employers in Britain, Canada and the United States suddenly confront the fact that their Islamic faithful employees seem bent on bankrupting their business enterprises.

It is not just the 5 paid prayer breaks: each of which can last up to half an hour, when you include the bathing rituals that absolutely trashes the restrooms. Muslims have exploding lists of grievances, complaints, lawsuits,and reasons why they cannot work--but for which they should be compensated anyway.

We have coined this affliction: Muslim Grievance Syndrome.
A sampling:

Minnesota Target Shifts Muslims Who Refuse To Ring Up Pork
"MINNEAPOLIS Muslim cashiers at some local Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions, the national retailer said Saturday." ...

Some Muslim cashiers had declined to scan products such as bacon because doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. They would ask other cashiers to ring up such purchases, or some customers scanned the items themselves.

So Target must hire 2 cashiers to do the job of one because these cashiers suddenly noticed that the store sold a huge amount of pork products. Hmmm. Wonder when that lightning bolt from Allah hit the Target employees? Not at the job interview. But it gets worse:

"Greear said the situation was a local problem only."

So there you have it. There is no way to predict when your employee will go Muslim on you.

What irrational grievance will suddenly be leveled against the employer or it's (likely former) customer? Because I can assure you that if I was treated like a filthy dog by a cashier dressed in a Halloween outfit, it would be adios. Speaking of which:

Muslim women: Dress code violates faith

A group of Muslim workers allege they were fired by a New Brighton tortilla factory for refusing to wear uniforms that they say were immodest by Islamic standards.

Six Somali women claim they were ordered by a manager to wear pants and shirts to work instead of their traditional Islamic clothing of loose-fitting skirts and scarves, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil liberties group that is representing the women.

The women have filed a religious discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

This is a tortilla factory, for crying out loud.

The manufacturer supplies uniforms, hair nets, gloves, etc. Mission products are distributed throughout North America. The factory is run by people with college degrees in Health and Food Science and the law requires it to make a sanitary product.

So six Muslims, who presumably went to a job interview ("...any questions , ma'am?"), and who worked the food line for some time, suddenly get struck by Muslim Grievance Syndrome. The only cure is the humiliation of the employer and lots of money for no work.

I bet Mission Foods wished it had stuck to employees who know how to make tortillas without complaint: Mexican- Americans.

Employers in Britain and Canada also suffer from Muslim Grievance Syndrome--even more so, because these countries cower before Islam; and, recognize this misogynistic, intolerant, bigoted faith as the last word in Multiculturalism. From London:

Muslim checkout staff get an alcohol opt-out clause

MUSLIM supermarket checkout staff who refuse to sell alcohol are being allowed to opt out of handling customers’ bottles and cans of drink. Islamic workers at Sainsbury’s who object to alcohol on religious grounds, are told to raise their hands when encountering any drink at their till, so that a colleague can temporarily take their place or scan items for them.

Other staff have refused to work stacking shelves with wine, beer and spirits and have been found alternative roles in the company.

There it is again. The solution is one that fits in well with Islamic society. The offended cashier, after looking scornfully at the customer for buying the offensive product, waves her hand and a standby cashier completes the transaction. This does not work out so well for the employer though. Not only has he lost control of his store, but two are now doing the job of one.

And this clincher, from the same article:

"Islam states that Muslims should not consume alcohol, but opinion is divided on whether it is permissible to be involved in the sale of it."

Actually, the Koran says that one must not consume wine. It says nothing about other forms of alcohol. But why quibble?

Here's one reason: Alcoholic products are produced in many Muslim countries. For example, beer is manufactured in Egypt and Turkey. It is openly sold and handled by Muslims in many more countries.

And in America?

Muslim-owned convenience stories, groceries, and restaurants sell alcohol throughout the country. But even in America, alcohol can easily provoke sudden Muslim Grievance Syndrome.

Muslim taxi drivers say no to alcohol and dogs

Beginning several years ago, Muslim taxi drivers have said no to passengers carrying alcohol, or who are traveling with pet or service dogs, said Hogan. As many as 100 passengers were denied service each month. That number dropped in August when the Transportation Security Administration limited carry-on liquids, reducing the number of people traveling with alcohol.Roughly three-quarters of the 900 taxi drivers servicing the airport are Muslim, many of them ethnically Somali, the Star Tribune reported.

Last year, the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society issued a fatwa, or legal ruling, saying it was a violation of both Islamic faith and the spirit of the First Amendment to insist Muslims transport alcohol, according to the Star Tribune.

How kindhearted these deeply religious Muslim taxi drivers are: leaving a blind person at the curb. Every form of public transportation in America is required to accommodate the handicapped except a taxi driven by a Muslim, particularly one in the throes of sudden Muslim Grievance Syndrome.

The list of things a Muslim need or need not do is endless. "A Muslim store worker at Marks & Spencer refused to serve a customer buying a children's book on Christianity because she said it was "unclean". Got away with that one too. And we all know how Borders decided that the Koran had to be at the eye level while the Bible was relegated to the bottom shelf because of Muslims complaining.

But, you do not have to be an idiot or hire a Muslim to be cursed by Muslim Grievance Syndrome.

How I nearly lost my business after refusing to hire a Muslim hair stylist who wouldn't show her hair

It seems too lunatic to be true. But here a hair salon boss reveals how she was driven to the brink of ruin - and forced to pay £4,000 for 'hurt feelings' - after refusing to hire a Muslim stylist who wouldn't show her hair at work.

Not only was it brief - lasting little more than ten minutes - but it was rapidly obvious to Sarah that Bushra was not the person for the junior stylist position she was trying to fill at her hairdressing salon.

"Sarah felt that a job requirement of any hairdresser was that the stylist's hair would provide clients with a showcase of different looks. Especially one working in a salon such as hers, which specialises in alternative cuts and colours.

Yet the ten minutes during which Sarah's world collided with Bushra's has resulted in an extraordinary employment battle, in which she was accused of 'direct' and 'indirect' discrimination.

As for the aggrieved hair sylist?

"But, speaking last year, she admitted she had attended 25 interviews for hairdressing jobs without success.

But Sarah, she told the tribunal, had upset her the most.

Sure. And then there is this tidbit:

"Although Bushra is believed to have been acting alone, in the past similar cases have been championed by Muslim traditionalist groups."

Ya Think?

Hire or don't hire at your own risk. it will make no difference apparently.

But when in London, please have your hair done at Sarah's.

by pat
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