The Washington Post

JBS settles Muslim discrimina­tion lawsuit


The second-largest producer of beef, pork and chicken in the United States will pay up to $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company discrimina­ted against Muslim employees at a meat processing plant in northern Colorado.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunit­y Commission filed the lawsuit in federal court in Denver in 2010, saying JBS Swift & Co. discrimina­ted against employees at its beef processing plant in Greeley by denying them bathroom breaks and disciplini­ng them more harshly than other workers because they were Muslim, immigrants from Somalia and Black.

JBS USA LLC, doing business as JBS Swift & Co., must pay the $5.5 million to about 300 employees who were included in the settlement, which was announced by the commission on Wednesday.

Nikki Richardson, a spokeswoma­n for JBS USA, said the company does not admit any liability in the settlement and “is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

According to the lawsuit, JBS prevented Muslim employees from praying and harassed them when they tried to pray during scheduled breaks and bathroom breaks.

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