After a year of negotiating and two EEOC lawsuits, Gold’n Plump Inc. of St. Cloud granted Muslim workers an extra 10-minute break for prayers and allowed them to refuse to work with pork products.
The settlement came a week after the EEOC filed a lawsuit accusing the meat processor of prohibiting prayer.
The EEOC also filed suit against St. Paul-based Work Connection, the employment agency that hired Gold’n Plump workers, for requiring Muslim applicants to sign a release saying they might be required to handle pork.
Gold’n Plump spokeswoman Lexann Pryd-Kakuk said the changes applied to all employees in one section of the plant—not just Muslims—and were meant “to satisfy the needs of many employees, and not just the few.”