View Full Version : Muslim truck drivers refuse to deliver beer, win $240,000 lawsuit

Bos Mutus
10-28-2015, 07:01 PM
An Illinois jury awarded $240,000 in damages and back pay to two former truck drivers who claimed religious discrimination when they were fired in 2009 after refusing to make beer deliveries.

A jury was convened to determine damages after US District Court Judge James E. Shadid ruled in favor of Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale when Star Transport admitted liability in March. The men, both of whom are Somali-American Muslims, were represented by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-22-15b.cfm) (EEOC). Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm), employers must make accommodations for workers' religious beliefs unless doing so would impose "undue hardship" on the business. As UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh explained to The Washington Post, the trucking company admitted that drivers often switched their assignments (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/10/23/240000-jury-award-to-muslim-truck-drivers-who-were-fired-for-refusing-to-transport-alcohol/), meaning it would have been reasonable to accommodate the men's request, rather than firing them.


Bos Mutus
10-28-2015, 09:38 PM
It's all about whether a requested accommodation is reasonable or not.

10-28-2015, 11:36 PM
If beer delivery is the company's only function, then I would say to fire them. If not, put them on the trucks that deliver Bibles.

There. Problem solved.

10-29-2015, 02:54 AM
Maybe those the company wanted to switch them with did NOT want to give up THEIR routes or shipments..