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Suit accuses Chick-fil-A of religious bias (Muslim sues Christian company)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/22/02 | ROSANNA RUIZ

Posted on 10/22/2002 7:06:32 AM PDT by truthandlife

Houston resident Aziz Latif claims Chick-fil-A's Christian stance runs deeper than simply being closed on Sundays.

In a federal court lawsuit filed Monday, Latif, 25, said the Atlanta-based chain's corporate purpose to glorify God discriminates against its non-Christian employees.

Latif, a Muslim, said he was fired a day after he refused to pray to Jesus Christ during a training session in November 2000.

The lawsuit said Latif was hired in 1996 but does not specify which Houston restaurant he worked for or what position he was being trained for.

A week before his firing, the lawsuit said, an evaluation praised Latif as a "great manager" who knew the "operation side of the business very well."

The lawsuit said the company refuses to pay Latif's medical bills and expenses incurred while a participant in Chick-fil-A's employee benefit plan. He is seeking reinstatement and damages for emotional distress, attorneys fees and back pay.

Neither Latif nor his attorney was available for comment.

Jerry Johnston, a spokesman for Chick-fil-A, said the company had not been served with the lawsuit and he could not comment.

The company's well known religious credo does not infringe upon employees' rights, he said.

Chick-fil-A's no-work-on-Sunday mantra has been in effect since S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO, opened his first fast food restaurant in 1946. Cathy reportedly conducts Monday morning prayer gatherings at his corporate office open to all employees who wish to attend.

Companies may conduct such prayer meetings as long as attendance is not pegged to promotions, salaries or job assignments, said Jim Sacher, a regional attorney for Houston's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office.

Sacher said he knew of no similar lawsuits by the EEOC against Chick-fil-A. Any complaints against the chain are confidential, he said.


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: christian; duplicatethread; muslims; searchb4posting

1 posted on 10/22/2002 7:06:32 AM PDT by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife
Forgive me if I wait to hear the company's side of this story. I highly doubt his central contention-- fired because he wouldn't pray.
2 posted on 10/22/2002 7:09:52 AM PDT by NYS_Eric
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To: NYS_Eric
He may still believe in the custom that one hand is for eating and one hand is for wiping. Eccch
3 posted on 10/22/2002 7:17:55 AM PDT by duckman
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To: truthandlife
Here is hoping they change their menu to inlcude BBQ Pork sandwiches
4 posted on 10/22/2002 7:19:27 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: truthandlife
Let that SOB work for a Moslem establishment like the Luis Farrakhan businesses! If Christians are systematically discriminated against in ALL Moslem countries; then I need from him to prove to me (to the court) that he has been pleading with the Moslem governments for equal treatment of their minorities! He needs to show that he has been pleading with the Moslem legislators to declare separation of Mosque and State. Unless he proves that he is an activist for equality in his native Moslem lands, he does not deserve to gain from the fruit of our equality. These guys cannot have it both ways, treat others like crap in their countries, and come here and expect to be treated equal after praying for our destruction openly in the US Mosques, and all the Mosques around the globe!
5 posted on 10/22/2002 7:34:16 AM PDT by philosofy123
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To: truthandlife
Note to self: Eat lunch at Chick-Fil-A. If this guy doesn't want to work in a Christian atmosphere, he should get a job somewhere else. Perhaps there is a goat-burger-sheeps'-eyeball franchise somewhere in the Houston area that is looking for a manager. If he is not a native-born American, he can return to the hell hole from whence he immigrated.
6 posted on 10/22/2002 7:37:46 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: TonyRo76
Great, just what I need is an excuse to go shopping. I have been eyeing those pin-striped pants and skirts at Banana Rep, now I'll have to go buy them. Then I'll swing by Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Thanks for the tip.
8 posted on 10/22/2002 7:54:01 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: truthandlife
Private companies should be able to hire and fire any F-ing person they want.
9 posted on 10/22/2002 7:59:09 AM PDT by lormand
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To: TonyRo76
On a side note: buy as many clothes as possible from The Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic. That great company gives all its political donations to Republicans, and zero, zilch, nada to the 'Rats!

How do you know this? It's certainly not what I would have expected.

10 posted on 10/22/2002 8:06:09 AM PDT by PLK
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To: truthandlife
I'm disappointed that they didn't refrain from hiring the Satan-worshipping SOB in the first place.

I don't want to eat in an establishment which sells food that employs a damnable moslem. They can't be trusted.

Now, I'm not against them working per se, at least until it can be decided what to do with them. And I don't mind it if a moslem is employed to handle my food after I've excreted it. (cleaning sewer pipes, etc.)

11 posted on 10/22/2002 8:11:01 AM PDT by DWSUWF
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To: McNoggin
Let that SOB work for a Moslem establishment like the Luis Farrakhan businesses! If Christians are systematically discriminated against in ALL Moslem countries; then I need from him to prove to me (to the court) that he has been pleading with the Moslem governments for equal treatment of their minorities! He needs to show that he has been pleading with the Moslem legislators to declare separation of Mosque and State. Unless he proves that he is an activist for equality in his native Moslem lands, he does not deserve to gain from the fruit of our equality. These guys cannot have it both ways, treat others like crap in their countries, and come here and expect to be treated equal after praying for our destruction openly in the US Mosques, and all the Mosques around the globe!
13 posted on 10/22/2002 8:29:26 AM PDT by philosofy123
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To: McNoggin
Shhhhhhhh - you're making sense. Quit it. this is FR, doncha know, home of the double standard.
14 posted on 10/22/2002 8:33:46 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: TonyRo76
Speaking of Christian businesses.

Women, buy Ann Taylor clothing. The CEO is a member of my church and runs the company on Christian principals.
18 posted on 10/22/2002 8:43:25 AM PDT by Rustheman
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To: Rustheman
no offense, but so was bernie ebbers at one time... :(
19 posted on 10/22/2002 8:53:27 AM PDT by craqed
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To: Steve0113
We're stopping at Chik-Fil-A for dinner, right?
20 posted on 10/22/2002 8:56:08 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: McNoggin
I wouldn't want to hear the whining that would echo if a Christian was fired for not bowing to Mecca while working for a Muslim owned company.

If I knew one of the requirements of the job was to bow toward Mecca during the course of the work day, I would not take the job in the first place.

It's called freedom of choice.

22 posted on 10/22/2002 9:47:45 AM PDT by reformed_democrat
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To: McNoggin
The Christian would not be working for a muslim company in the first place. And furthermore, we don't have any proof that the muslim in question was obligated to pray to Jesus.
23 posted on 10/22/2002 10:06:33 AM PDT by Hila
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To: McNoggin
If the story bears any truth, it's that muslims want to infiltrate Christian businesses to make impose their "freedoms". While Christians will stay out of the demonic muslim businesses and leave them be. So, where is the double standard in respecting what others want to believe?
24 posted on 10/22/2002 10:11:38 AM PDT by Hila
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To: truthandlife
How long are we going to cater to clymers (like this one) the issue of religion? Muslims have no problem with forcing their religion on the rest of the world!
26 posted on 10/22/2002 10:20:57 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: 3AngelaD
If this guy doesn't want to work in a Christian atmosphere, he should get a job somewhere else.

Note to self, if Moslems do not work in this place, I have a lesser chance of dying by poisoning, or being shot for eating the pizza or watching someone go up in a fireball after yelling Allah ak bar... Sounds good to me, hope they open a franchise in Jerusalem.

This may sound racist, but then I have been living with them in Jihad mode for three years now and you guys are just starting. Trust me, three years of bus bombs and screw bombs will make a "believer" out of ya! My last visit to the states and I found I missed the Waiter with the Glock at the door. I just feel a lot safer in a society that is armed.

27 posted on 10/22/2002 10:24:39 AM PDT by American in Israel
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To: nina0113
We're stopping at Chik-Fil-A for dinner, right?

Good idea.

This story flunks the sniff test. For one, this is not characteristic Christian behavior. On the other hand, lying IS characteristic of Muslims. Who to believe?

28 posted on 10/22/2002 10:26:25 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: McNoggin
I wouldn't want to hear the whining that would echo if a Christian was fired for not bowing to Mecca while working for a Muslim owned company.

Don't worry, you won't. They just behead them, not fire them. If you refuese Islam, you are a dead man. Corpses don't whine, and Non-Islamics are forbidden to sue a Moslem in Moslem court.

29 posted on 10/22/2002 10:28:22 AM PDT by American in Israel
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To: truthandlife
The companies first tip off should have been the guys prayer rug.
30 posted on 10/22/2002 10:30:05 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: truthandlife
I'm actually surprised that he ever got a job there in the first place. I guess they had to break down and was not allowed to hire who they wanted. Many years ago, I had friends who worked for Chick-Fil-A and the manager attended our church. Everyone who worked there was a Christian and I was told that anyone who managed the stores had to give a statement of faith. But that was 20 years ago or so.
31 posted on 10/22/2002 10:32:06 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Hila
. And furthermore, we don't have any proof that the muslim in question was obligated to pray to Jesus.

Well we have the word of an Islamic who's religious teachings tell him that to lie to infidels brings honor on the family, vs the Christian business who's religious teachings say all men have free will to choose Christ or not, (so to force religion on someone is against the religion), and to lie is to break one of the 10 commandments.

Oh, decisions, decisions... Only a liberal could not figure this one out. (Translation: Islamic gold digger attacking the infidels, again.)

32 posted on 10/22/2002 10:36:22 AM PDT by American in Israel
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To: TonyRo76
It's great to know I'm supporting good Christian businesses. I wish there were even more out there.

I had the pleasure of attending an event that featured this balding, beaming, Baptist gentleman. He is one of the most supremely happy people I've ever met. Chik-Fil-A is privately held, so that they can support a wide variety of charitable endeavors without having to justify that expenditure to stockholders! Mr. Cathy also teaches a sunday school class of 13 year-old boys, since that's such a critical age for that demographic. ("Hang around with foolish people, and you'll be foolish. Hang around with wise people, and you'll be wise. Hang around with bald people ... !")

EAT MOR CHIKN!

33 posted on 10/22/2002 10:37:05 AM PDT by TomSmedley
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To: American in Israel
I actually shared an office with a muslim a few years ago - he did keep a prayer rug in his bookshelf & used it when possible. He was a techie, so was not always at his desk at prayer time. It inspired me to clean my desk, because my side of the office was in the direction of Mecca, & I didn't think he should have to face my normal disarray when praying.

I shared an office with him for close to a year, and it's impossible for me to believe that he would ever be involved in any terrorist activity. He was one of the kindest & most gentle people I've ever known.

35 posted on 10/22/2002 10:57:19 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: McNoggin
Nonsense! No other religion other than Islam, if a religion it is, has taboos and punishments concerning attitudes toward other faiths. Other religions respect humans and their faiths, whatever they may be. Not Islam! I would have no problem bowing my head along with other other Muslims just out of respect for their own beliefs, ONLY if they had similar respect for mine. For Muslims it is sacrilege to do anything that may be remotely construed as anti-Islam, anti-mohammad! I know companies that are pressured to allow Muslims to prayer-time several times during the work-day.

There was recently a case of a moslem copper in UK who objected to the sign of the cross on a police badge. No other religionists have had a problem with this ever before. Why? Because those other religions have respect for other humans and their beliefs!

36 posted on 10/22/2002 11:00:30 AM PDT by mikeIII
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To: truthandlife
He is seeking reinstatement and damages for emotional distress, attorneys fees and back pay.

The really important part of this lawsuit!

Pookie & Me

37 posted on 10/22/2002 11:04:59 AM PDT by Pookie Me
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To: nina0113
Read the Koran, what he worships tells him that someday he will be blessed to give you an offer you cannot refuese. Convert to Islam, or die at his hand.

I find it hard to trust someone who would choose to worship that. I am sure Jeffery Dhalmer was a "kind and gentile person" until you were under his power.

I live and work with thousands of them, Arabs are very kind and some of the nicest hosts in the world. Just don't pick up any food from your plate with your left hand when you are invited to dinner. The next goose that is cooked is you.

You can pick wild flowers in a mine-field, they always look peaceful and empty.
38 posted on 10/22/2002 11:18:13 AM PDT by American in Israel
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To: truthandlife
The owners of any company should be able to choose who they want to hire and fire. The should be able to do so for what ever reason they see fit no matter how stupid it may seem to the rest of us. Why? Because it is their money.
39 posted on 10/22/2002 3:55:14 PM PDT by Calculus_of_Consent
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To: rabidone
"...Looks like you had better become a self sustaining shut in as there are Muslims in every aspect of American culture and in every profession..."

By the looks of the banner on your homepage you're unfortunate enough to live under a regime where the moon-god worshippers had a seat at the table where the flag was designed.

I live in the Midwest, in the authentic center and heart of 'American Culture', and there are damn few moslems in my vicinity, which suits me just fine.

If I see one a month while out and about, that's a lot. You're probably thinking of some festering urban hell-hole, on one of our putrid seacoasts, when you imagine that all of 'American Culture' is uniformly riddled with ragheads.

"...Most of them are decent hard working peaceful people. (Although I hate to ruin two perfectly good stereotypes- both the one you have of Muslims and the one that you support of Conservatives by perpetuating this brain dead stupidity)..."

You've neither ruined a stereotype nor changed an opinion here.

I had little use for sand goblins before '911'. I've got none now.

And with regard to 'stupidity'...

We'll see, in the fullness of time, who are the 'stupid' ones.

40 posted on 10/22/2002 4:03:31 PM PDT by DWSUWF
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To: truthandlife
Aw shucks Aziz, guess you'll have to go back to Tajikistan.
41 posted on 10/22/2002 11:05:32 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: TonyRo76
Bump. And if you live in Virginia be sure to shop at Ukrop's. Big conservative Christian family
42 posted on 10/22/2002 11:06:47 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: McNoggin
I wouldn't want to hear the whining that would echo if a Christian was fired for not bowing to Mecca while working for a Muslim owned company.

You're assuming that this guy is telling the truth. I highly doubt his story. Chick-fil-A is a big company; you're telling me that never once has a Hindu, a Jew, an atheist etc. ever worked for Chick-fil-A? Why was this guy fired?
43 posted on 10/22/2002 11:08:57 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: nina0113
My grandfather is an ex-Klan member. When I was younger and at his place, I would meet some of the nicest, most harmless people in the world, who happened to be members of the KKK. They were nice enough people, but if I were black, Catholic, or Jewish, and these people were coming here in droves, I would be concerned.

The Klan is virtually non-existent, so Catholics and Jews don't have much to worry about. But as an Infidel, I am quite worried with regards to Muslim immigration.

Liberals like to say there are over a million Muslims in America, yet very few of them have ever killed anyone. Well when was the last time a KKK member killed a black guy? Does that mean that KKK members aren't a threat to blacks?
44 posted on 10/22/2002 11:14:45 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: lormand
If that's so, then I'll make sure to stop hiring any Xtians in my business. I just wish I ate at Chickfila, so I could stop based on this story.
46 posted on 10/23/2002 12:09:07 AM PDT by CINightClerk
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To: truthandlife
bump
47 posted on 10/24/2002 7:19:34 AM PDT by VOA
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