Meat Packer Can't Escape Suit Over Muslim Prayer Breaks

Law360, New York (April 15, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT) -- A Nebraska federal judge on Friday allowed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to proceed with allegations that JBS USA LLC refused to accommodate Somali Muslim workers during Ramadan, but nixed claims that the meatpacking giant had a practice of unlawful terminations and retaliation.

U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp rejected JBS' contention that the commission had failed to meet its presuit obligations before filing the complaint. The judge concluded that issues of fact remained concerning whether the company had engaged in a pattern or practice...
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