Friday, August 06, 2004

That a BLT? You're Fired.

From yesterday's Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise (they don't put much up on the web so you'll have to take my word for this):

An Orlando, Fla., woman is suing her former employer, a telecommunications firm with Muslim workers and clients, claiming she was fired because she ate pork products in the company lunchroom.

Pork is unclean, according to Islamic beliefs, and Rising Star Telecommunications CEO Kujaatele Kweli said his company has a policy against openly eating or preparing the meat.

But the attorney for Lina Morales an administrative assistant fired in March 2003, said the company admits thee is no written policy against pork. And when Morales complained she was being disciplined for a policy of which she was unaware, she was fired for insubordination.

"If it's a religiously-motivated policy that impinges on other people's rights, we're arguing that's de facto discrimination," attorney Travis Hollifield said yesterday.