Two Muslim men just got awarded $240,000 for refusing to do their job and the Obama administration helped them do it.
Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale were given the award by a jury after a judge found that Illinois trucking company Star Transport Inc. violated the religious convictions of the pair by firing them for refusing to deliver alcohol.
Judge Andrew Napolitano told Megyn Kelly on Monday that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) goes around the country looking for cases they want to prosecute but he said it was unclear why they would pick this case.
“Why did they pick a situation like this where they are outwardly, openly representing Muslims who knew before they took the job that they would be delivering alcoholic beverages,” Napolitano said. “Why take a job that is against your religion?”
Kelly argued that was the same argument opponents of Kim Davis took when they said she shouldn’t have taken a job as county clerk that would mandate she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“Very different position from the same people who are no defending the Muslims,” she said adding that Davis should have been granted a religious accommodation.
“I don’t like the idea of the government getting involved,” Napolitano said. “When the government picks and chooses winners and losers – we always have an imbalance, an improper allocation of taxpayer resources and ultimately – decisions based on a political model rather than a moral model.”
The judgment was granted on Oct. 20 in a case that began in 2013 with a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of the Obama administration, who claimed the man weren’t provided “with a reasonable accommodation and by terminating them because of their religion,” according to the Peoria Journal Star.
It is unclear if the men will receive any of the award as Star Transport has gone out of business.
Still that didn’t dampen the spirits of the victors.
“This is an awesome outcome. Star Transport failed to provide any discrimination training to its human resources personnel, which led to catastrophic results for these employees,” EEOC attorneys June Calhoun said in a statement. “They suffered real injustice that needed to be addressed. 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.
“Moreover, they signaled to Mr. Mohamed and Mr. Bulshale that religious freedom is a right for all Americans.”
Well, unless you are a Christian that doesn’t want to issue gay marriage licenses.
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