Jean Camara, a devout Muslim, is suing his former employer Costco for religious discrimination. Camara told ABC7 that when he refused to work with pork he was demoted to do a more menial job, gathering carts outside. He initially worked as a cashier’s assistant at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn, New York in September of 2012. When pork or alcohol came over the conveyor belt he refused to touch it.
America Now reports:
Camara told his managers about the restriction and their alleged response was to switch him to cart duty outside. He claims they never told him why he was being reassigned, and when he asked numerous times to be placed in another department, his requests were denied.
This led Camara to file a human rights complaint against the company.
Camara was fired for insubordinate conduct 16 days later.
What was the company supposed to do? There is no way to prevent customers from purchasing pork and alcohol just because he is at the register. It seems like the only logical step was to remove Camara from the cashier duties so he will not be exposed to the pork and alcohol, and that is what the thoughtful employer did.