Source: The Denver Post
A federal jury trial began Monday in which JetStream Ground Services was accused of not allowing female Muslim employees to wear clothing required of them by their faith, including head scarves.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued in 2013, seeking back pay and compensatory damages for plaintiffs Safia Abdulle Ali, Sahra Bashi Abdirahman, Hana Bokku, Sadiyo Hassan Jama and Amino Warsame. The case is being heard in U.S. District Court in Denver.
The EEOC claims that JetStream violated the civil rights of Muslim women by refusing to hire them or firing them or reducing their hours if they were religiously observant.
JetStream attorney Raymond Deeny said the company does not discriminate against women but had to lay off numerous employees when the company lost a contract with Denver International Airport.
“We are not motivated to drive these people away,” Deeny said during opening statements. “The highest percentage of people we hire are of Ethiopian heritage. … It has nothing to do with head scarves.”