JBS settles Muslim discrimination lawsuit for $5.5 million

JBS Swift and Company will pay up to $5.5 million dollars to settle a lawsuit that claimed the meatpacking company discriminated against Muslim employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2010.

It claimed Muslim employees at a JBS beef processing plant in Greeley, Colorado were disciplined more harshly than other workers, were harassed when they tried to pray during their breaks and were called offensive names.

JBS says it does not admit liability in the settlement and said they are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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