Mus­lim woman claims dis­crim­i­na­tion at job

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

A Mus­lim woman is su­ing Wal­mart, claim­ing man­agers at a Knoxville store dis­crim­i­nated against her and then re­tal­i­ated when she com­plained.

The Knoxville News Sen­tinel re­ports the law­suit was filed this week in fed­eral court in Nashville by Fad­umo Sard­eye. It says the So­mali na­tive spent 15 years work­ing at a Wal­mart in Mem­phis with­out prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to the suit, she trans­ferred to a Knoxville store in 2014 af­ter she moved to be closer to her daugh­ters. Man­agers at that store ini­tially de­nied a re­quest for va­ca­tion dur­ing Mus­lim hol­i­days and later de­manded she show where in the Qu­ran it said she could not touch pork prod­ucts or al­co­hol.

Wal­mart said in an email, the com­pany has not been served with the com­plaint but in­tends to de­fend it­self in court.

“We do not tol­er­ate dis­crim­i­na­tion or re­tal­i­a­tion. Ms. Sard­eye was ter­mi­nated for re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing our at­ten­dance pol­icy,” reads the state­ment from Na­tional Me­dia Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor LeMia Jenk­ins.

The law­suit de­scribes Sard­eye as a de­vout Mus­lim who be­lieves her re­li­gion pro­hibits her from con­sum­ing or han­dling pork prod­ucts or al­co­hol and re­quires her to take off work to ob­serve re­li­gious hol­i­days.

Sard­eye is seek­ing an un­spec­i­fied amount in dam­ages, in­clud­ing back pay and lost wages.

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