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No religious discrimination found in 2008 JBS dispute
by Jeff Bahr
In a case that alleged mistreatment of Somali Muslim workers, a federal judge in Omaha ruled last week in favor of the JBS Swift meatpacking plant in Grand Island and against the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The suit was filed by the EEOC on behalf of close to 80 JBS employees who were fired on Sept. 19, 2008. They alleged religious discrimination in the suit, which was filed in 2010.
U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp found no evidence of a discriminatory motive.
The dispute began with requests by Somali Muslim employees for religious accommodation involving breaks for prayers.
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