As a former over-the-road truck driver, I understand that there are times when you might be less than thrilled with a particular load. You might not like where you have to pick it up, where it is going, the road to be traveled, or possibly for a Muslim, the product you are transporting.
If the driver chooses to voice those concerns, the answer in most cases would be the same. In some form or other, the he would be told to deal with it, reminded of the delivery time and the conversation would be over.
That was the case recently for two Muslim truck drivers who claim to have felt that their religion precluded them from transporting alcohol. The trucking company didn’t force the issue, but they did make it clear that drivers are expected to take the loads they are assigned and informed them of where to park their rigs. That should have been the end of the story, with both parties free to act within their rights.
That wasn’t the end, though. We’ve entered into a new phase in America, the Totalitarianism of Tolerance, where race-baiters, homosexuals and Muslims are special and deserving of more rights than the common folk.
On behalf of the former drivers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Star Transportation for failing to accommodate the drivers who refused to do their jobs.
If they had accepted jobs as bartenders and then refused to mix drinks, would the EEOC have acted in the same manner? Delivering alcohol is part of the duties these guys signed up for. If they don’t like it, they are free to go to work somewhere that doesn’t transport alcohol. They chose the wrong company. Things happen.
What is the federal government doing involved?
Had these men been treated differently from the drivers as a whole, then an inequality would have existed and perhaps the EEOC would have had a legitimate concern. Treating them the same as all other drivers only makes them more in compliant with the Equality of Opportunity that the EEOC is supposed to guarantee.
Below is the press release for the government’s action from the EEOC website:
PEORIA, Ill. – Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Ill., violated federal law by failing to accommodate two employees because of their religion, Islam, and discharging them, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.
The lawsuit alleged that Star Transport refused to provide two employees with an accommodation of their religious beliefs when it terminated their employment because they refused to deliver alcohol. According to EEOC District Director John P. Rowe, who supervised administrative investigation prior to filing the lawsuit, “Our investigation revealed that Star could have readily avoided assigning these employees to alcohol delivery without any undue hardship, but chose to force the issue despite the employees’ Islamic religion.”
Failure to accommodate the religious beliefs of employees, when this can be done without undue hardship, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion. The EEOC filed suit, (EEOC v. Star Transport, Inc., Civil Action No. 13 C 01240-JES-BGC, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria, assigned to U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid), after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its statutory conciliation process. The agency seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the fired truck drivers and an order barring future discrimination and other relief.
John Hendrickson, the EEOC Regional Attorney for the Chicago District Office said, “Everyone has a right to observe his or her religious beliefs, and employers don’t get to pick and choose which religions and which religious practices they will accommodate. If an employer can reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practice without an undue hardship, then it must do so. That is a principle which has been memorialized in federal employment law for almost50 years, and it is why EEOC is in this case.”
The EEOC’s Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
More accommodation for the special class of Muslims in America, and we are importing more of them every day, courtesy of B. Hussein Obama. This effort to raise Muslims and others above the average “unclean” American with traditional values continues. The government has an agenda to meet.