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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Twin Cities Muslim and East African Workers File Harassment Lawsuit Against MV Transportation

Nine current and former Twin Cities employees of MV Transportation today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, alleging that for over a year they suffered severe and constant harassment, abuse, and other discriminatory treatment on account of their status as immigrants and Muslims....

The lawsuit alleges that the employees were subjected to denigration, physical assault, threats, and termination because of their national origin and religion. The employees also claim to have been denied promotions, training and other benefits of employment, and were denied religious accommodations....

[A] manager read Bible passages at the Muslim employees, forced them to listen to loud Christian music, confiscated prayer rugs, and addressed male Muslim employees generically as "Mohammed"....

Other complaints include immigrant employees being physically pushed and shoved, sworn at and called degrading names, and wrongfully denied safety bonuses. According to their Complaint, these immigrants repeatedly took their complaints about the hostile environment to company management but MV did nothing to protect them. Instead, the company engaged in retaliatory action that included termination. [Link]


Update: Please see the comment left by a MV employee.

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1 Comments:
Blogger keezdriver [At 1:18 PM]:

Being an MV employee I find these claims hard to believe. In the the division I work in, more than half of the employees speak foreign languagea and at least half of them are immigrants from many countries. From personal experience I know that Muslims are not required to work on Fridays just as Christians are not requried to work on Sundays. All employees have access to upper management if local management does not meet their needs. This is total hogwash.

 
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