EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC (D. Neb. 2013): Employment Discrimination

The Plaintiff, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, represented a number of Somali Muslims working at a JBS-owned beef plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. The Plaintiff filed a Title VII discrimination claim against the Respondent-employer, alleging that the Respondent failed to provide Muslim employees with time to pray during sunset and also denied them prayer breaks during Ramadan. The District Court ultimately agreed with the Respondent-employer, deciding that the Muslim workers did not face undue discrimination because the accommodation of their prayer breaks would cause "undue hardship" to the employer because it would lead to unsafe meat curating practices and other dangers to the non-Muslim employees at the plant.

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