“The company didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing.” So as Creeping Sharia asks, “Then why pay?” This is a hygiene issue: are non-Muslim employees allowed to have beards? If not, Shaheed Khan had no case, and was just trying to intimidate McDonald’s into granting special accommodation to Muslims — accommodation that is not available to non-Muslims. And it seems to have worked.
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.