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Mission Foods fires Muslim women over dress code

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Mission Foods of New Brighton dismissed six Somali women for refusing to wear uniforms instead of their traditional loosefitting skirts and scarves.

The women refused to comply with a new dress code requiring trousers and shirts, which are considered immodest by Islamic standards. Valerie Shirley, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said, “For these women, wearing tightfitting pants is like being naked.”

Gruma Corporation, the Irving, Texas-based parent of Mission Foods, denied that the women were terminated or disciplined. The company wrote, “Should the employees choose to adhere to the current Mission Foods uniform policy, they may return to their positions with the company,” but added that the positions could not “be held indefinitely.”

The women have filed an EEOC lawsuit.

Note: To survive discrimination charges, a company usually must show a legitimate business necessity for uniform requirements, such as worker or public safety.

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