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Costco Sued For Religious Discrimination By Former Muslim Employee

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Costco is being sued by a former employee for religious discrimination.

Jean Camara told ABC 7 that when he refused to work with pork, he was told to work outside gathering carts.

"Just because you have a different belief, that doesn't give anybody the right to treat you different," said Camara.

Camara, a devout Muslim, worked at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn, New York, in September of 2012 as a cashier’s assistant.

When pork came across the conveyor belt, Camara refused to handle the product because his religious beliefs forbid him from touching pork or alcohol.

Camara told his managers about the restriction and their alleged response was to switch him to cart duty outside. He claims they never told him why he was being reassigned, and when he asked numerous times to be placed in another department, his requests were denied.

This led Camara to file a human rights complaint against the company.

Camara was fired for insubordinate conduct 16 days later.

"We all share different beliefs so we all should be treated equally no matter what belief we have," Camara said.

Sources: ABC 7, WCVB / Photo Source: WCVB

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