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Peoria, IL - 2 Muslim Drivers Win $240K Judgment In Discrimination Suit

Published on: October 30, 2015 05:00 PM
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Peoria, IL - A jury has awarded $240,000 to two Muslim men who say they were fired from an Illinois trucking company after refusing to deliver alcohol.

A judge found Morton-based Star Transport Inc. violated the religious beliefs of Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale. A trial to determine whether they were entitled to damages ended Oct. 20 with the jury’s judgment.

A 2013 lawsuit filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the men were fired in 2009 after they wouldn’t deliver alcohol because it was against their religious values as practicing Muslims. The lawsuit claimed the company didn’t provide them “with a reasonable accommodation and by terminating them because of their religion.”

Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid had found in favor of the commission in March, after the company admitted liability. June Calhoun, one of the commission’s attorneys on the case, said Star Transport didn’t provide discrimination training to human resources staff, leading to “catastrophic results” for the two men.

“They suffered real injustice that needed to be addressed,” Calhoun said in a statement. “By this verdict, the jury remedied the injustice by sending clear messages to Star Transport and other employers that they will be held accountable for their unlawful employment practices.”

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The commission had tried to work with Star Transport on the issue a year before the lawsuit was filed, court records say.

It’s not clear whether the men will get the money, the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1LGqBtv ) reports. Star Transport went out of business earlier this year.



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 Oct 30, 2015 at 05:16 PM fat36 Says:

By the way whatever happened to the lady who went to prison because she didn't want to give marriage certificates to a gay Coppell because it was against her religion

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 Oct 31, 2015 at 10:05 AM ekares Says:

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fat36 Says:

By the way whatever happened to the lady who went to prison because she didn't want to give marriage certificates to a gay Coppell because it was against her religion

She had her 15 minutes of fame, decided to obey the law to stay out of jail, went back to her job, and she quit interfering with a legal write to marry for all people.

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 Oct 31, 2015 at 11:05 AM Nova2 Says:

This is only the beginning! Have to stop this now!!!!!!!!

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 Oct 31, 2015 at 12:47 PM lazerx Says:

If the muslims can get away with not delivering booze or helping Jews, or what ever and get money, the lady who won't register gays or goys should also sue!

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 Oct 31, 2015 at 07:40 PM SGMoish Says:

Unreal. This is the beginning of the end as this sets judicial precedence and that's all the farkakta courts look at is what the behaima judge before them ruled.

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 Oct 31, 2015 at 07:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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lazerx Says:

If the muslims can get away with not delivering booze or helping Jews, or what ever and get money, the lady who won't register gays or goys should also sue!

Not comparable. Getting booze is not a protected right; besides, the trucking company could get someone else to do it. The far-right nudnik in Kentucky denied people the right to get married and did not allow her clerks to issue the licenses.

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 01:56 AM Anonymous Says:

this is surely an upside down world
Kinderlach, Moshiach is on his way..........any day - any moment..
Let's get busy doing good things.............

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 09:42 AM blubluh Says:

I'm not an attorney, so this is merely my theory. The legal difference between the case of the township clerk refusing to perform her duties on religious grounds and this one is that the township clerk worked as an agent pf the government and took an oath of office to perform the duties of the office. In the private-owned trucking company case only employer-employee laws apply providing employees with additional rights and protections.

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 09:53 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not comparable. Getting booze is not a protected right; besides, the trucking company could get someone else to do it. The far-right nudnik in Kentucky denied people the right to get married and did not allow her clerks to issue the licenses.

If there are any nudniks in the world they are all from the left including the Supreme court judges who ruled in favor of this תועבה law.

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 12:18 PM BarryLS1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not comparable. Getting booze is not a protected right; besides, the trucking company could get someone else to do it. The far-right nudnik in Kentucky denied people the right to get married and did not allow her clerks to issue the licenses.

Getting paid by a company should actually require you to do the job you were hired to do. I guess that doesn't apply to Muslims.

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 05:35 PM gimmeabreak Says:

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BarryLS1 Says:

Getting paid by a company should actually require you to do the job you were hired to do. I guess that doesn't apply to Muslims.

Note the phrase "reasonable accommodation".

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