Muslim Costco employee who refused to handle pork sues when store switches him to a different job

Muslim Costco employee who refused to handle pork sues when store switches him to a different job
Jean Camara

There’s just no pleasing some people, and Jean Camara of Brooklyn is one of them. When Camara told his supervisor at a Costco branch in the Sunset Park neighborhood of the New York City borough that his Muslim faith prohibited his working with pork, the boss obliged, changing Camara’s job. And now Camara is suing Costco for religious discrimination.

According to WABC, Camara was working as a cashier’s assistant when a package of pork chops came across the conveyor belt. When he explained the proscription in his religion against touching pork or alcohol, the store accommodated him, assigning him the task of gathering shopping carts in the parking lot. Camara told reporters the management never explained to him why he was reassigned.

Obviously seeing the change as a demotion, he proceeded to file a human rights complaint against the company, which in turn fired him for insubordinate conduct.

“Just because you have a different belief, that doesn’t give anybody the right to treat you different,” Camara told reporters. “We all share different beliefs so we all should be treated equally no matter what belief we have.”

His attorney, Chauncey Henry, made the same observation:

It’s not OK to discriminate against someone for their religion. It isn’t OK. It isn’t OK to treat them differently others because of what they believe in. I think that everyone is entitled to the same treatment. I think that’s what this case is about.

Both Camara and his lawyer are jumping to a conclusion not borne out by the facts. It wasn’t Camara’s religion that led the store to reassign him. It was, rather, an impediment stemming from his religious convictions that limited the number of jobs to which he might be reassigned.

Here’s hoping no jury can be flummoxed into falling for Camara’s fatuous complaint.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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