From Reuters via Fox:
A discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee who was not allowed to renew his contract with the chain because of a refusal to sell pork products can proceed, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The decision reversed an Illinois federal court judge’s 2004 ruling that rejected Walid Elkhatib’s argument that Dunkin’ Donuts discriminated against him based on his race by making the sale of breakfast sandwiches with bacon, ham or sausage a mandatory part of his franchise agreement.
According to court papers, Elkhatib, a Palestinian Arab, has been a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee since 1979, before the company began selling any pork.
All together now: Islam is not a race!
In an opinion Tuesday, U.S. Circuit Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner wrote that because three other Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the area were allowed to continue operating without selling breakfast sandwiches for reasons other than the owners’ religious views such as space or lease restrictions, that there was sufficient evidence to take the suit to trial. “There is significant evidence that the carrying of breakfast sandwiches was not an issue of importance to Dunkin Donuts. It allowed other franchises in the area to refuse to carry any breakfast sandwiches at all, when merely relocating the stores, or in one case merely rearranging the displays, would have allowed them to carry the full line,” Rovner wrote.
‘Tis very true: O wise and upright judge! Obviously relocating a store is a mere trifle and remodeling no inconvenience at all.
Everyone go grab a donut and some coffee and discuss.