McDonald's to pay $50k to a Muslim employee who wasn't allowed to grow a beard

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Updated: 3/28 1:21 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — McDonald's has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed it discriminated against a Muslim employee in Fresno who wasn't allowed to grow a beard.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the settlement was reached Thursday with McDonald's Restaurants of California.

According to the suit, Shaheed Khan was a crew trainer at a Fresno McDonald's in 2005 when he asked to wear a beard to work, citing religious beliefs. He quit after the request was refused.

The commission filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. Under the settlement, McDonald's agreed to pay $50,000 to Shaheen and to reinforce training of its managers and staff on existing anti-discrimination policies.

The company didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing.


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temeculajim - 12/24/2013 10:34 PM
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cannt wait to hear from the christians spew all the hatred on this one

rono129 - 12/24/2013 6:53 PM
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Food industry for years have made people wear a hair net for their heafdsa and beards. So why was this taken to this level to begin with. Oh! Forgot it was McDonalds. Oh and tikidianne, I say it anyways. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Deadmeat99 - 12/24/2013 12:38 PM
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Facial hair in a resturaunt, that should go over well. Either this Muslim guy sues them, or angry customers beseige them after they find hair in their food. Perhaps McDonalds in Fresno should just close and let these types enjoy their religious expression in the unemployment line.

tikidianne - 12/24/2013 11:41 AM
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So apparently a company can not even enforce a dress code without being politically incorrect "for religious reasons", and it's not OK to say "Merry Christmas", a Christian holiday... Who's being discriminated against?

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