JBS Swift & Co., a major food processing company, will pay $5.5 million following a religious discrimination case. According to an HR Drive article by Lisa Burden, the suit was settled after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigated the treatment of Muslim workers who were denied religious accommodations. The workers were not able to pray, and water fountains were turned off during Ramadan.
The article states that about 300 workers were represented in this case. In addition to the hefty settlement, JBS Swift will be required to create training for employees, allow areas for prayer, and develop a hotline for employee complaints.
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