MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A group of Muslim workers claim they were
fired by a tortilla factory for refusing to wear uniforms rather
than their traditional loose-fitting skirts and scarves
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said yesterday that
six Somali women claim they were ordered by a manager to wear pants
and shirts they considered immodest by Islamic standards. The women
have filed a religious discrimination complaint with the federal
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Gruma Corporation, the Irving, Texas-based parent company of
Mission Foods, released a written statement yesterday denying that
any employees were terminated or disciplined at the factory in
Minnesota. However, the company made clear the six women have been
relieved of their responsibilities for the time being, and may
ultimately lose their jobs if they don't wear uniforms.
CAIR called on Mission Foods to reinstate the women, though the
group declined to disclose the names of the women or make them
available for interviews.
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