Muslim Costco employee refuses to touch pork; sues after getting transferred to different department

A Muslim former employee has filed a lawsuit against Costco accusing the the wholesale giant of discriminating against him because he refused to handle pork or alcohol products.

The man, Jean Camara, told ABC 7 New York that he was moved from cashier’s assistant to gathering carts outside when he informed his employers that he couldn’t work with pork or alcohol due to his religious beliefs.

“Just because you have a different belief, that doesn’t give anybody the right to treat you different,” Camara said.

“We all share different beliefs so we all should be treated equally no matter what belief we have,” he added.

According to Camara, his superiors at the Brooklyn Costco never told him why he was reassigned — although it’s strange that he couldn’t figure that out on his own after complaining he couldn’t handle certain products.

He said he asked his bosses if he could work in the electronics department but his request was denied.

Camara filed a human rights complaint against the company and was fired 16 days later for “insubordinate conduct,” according to ABC 7.

“I think that as the case progresses in the trial we are in now, I think the facts are going to come out and they’re going to speak for themselves,” his attorney, Chauncey Henry, said.

“It’s not OK to discriminate against someone for their religion. It isn’t OK. It isn’t OK to treat them differently from others because of what they believe in,” Henry added.

“I think that everyone is entitled to the same treatment. I think that’s what this case is about.”

Carmine Sabia

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Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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475 thoughts on “Muslim Costco employee refuses to touch pork; sues after getting transferred to different department

  1. law says:

    HE is filing a bogus case that will not even see a day in a real court. since first off the company did attempt to accommodate him. they did not reduce his pay even though he was clearly doing a task that is usually reserved for someone in a lessor pay level. They did not fire him due to his faith. they did fire him for his work ethics and poor attitude which they do have a right to do. as an employee you are representing your employer and if you can not abide by company policy and or work with a good service attitude you should not be working there. in my state they do not have to give just cause to fire you. they can simple tell you that your services are no longer required. End of story and problem. in this case it is very clear Costco tried what they could to keep him employed and he felt he is entitled to more, which he is not. the court will review the case and most likely it will be rejected based on the evidence presented. what I see is someone seeking something for nothing and using religious discrimination as a means to get free money. sorry that is not how it works here in the United states.

  2. Robert Goodwin says:

    We all share different beliefs so we all should be treated equally no matter what belief we have,” he added Yet he suing Costco because they did exactly that . treat him like any other employee. COSTCO WELL DONE . DONT GIVE MR DOUBLE STANDARDS A CENT

  3. Richard Wade says:

    “It isn’t OK to treat them differently from others because of what they believe in,” said his lawyer.

    But he wants to be treated differently. He wants to not be compelled to work with pork. Costco responded by transferring him to a different department, which seems to show a willingness to help him constructively resolve the problem. The fact that he wasn’t transferred to the department of his first choice does not justify this lawsuit.

  4. Samantha Vimes says:

    At least he didn’t prevent anyone from have necessary medication, like pharmacists and pharmacy clerks who have been protected while playing morality police on customers.
    He’s in the wrong, but I wonder how many people jeering at him supported Hobby Lobby and other decisions protecting “religious reasons” for failure to do a job or comply with a law?

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