Editor’s Note: Copies of EEOC lawsuits filed in Colorado and Nebraska are published below.
JBS USA, headquartered in Greeley, is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allowing a hostile work environment to be created for its Somali and Muslim employees due to their race, nationality and religion at meatpacking plants in Greeley and Grand Island, Neb., according to the Northern Colorado Business Report.
Two lawsuits were filed Aug. 31 in U.S. District Court in Denver concerning alleged harassment of employees during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in September 2008. The lawsuits also allege that a pattern of discrimination continued in the two plants since that time.
The lawsuits claim supervisors and co-workers at the two JBS plants “threw blood, meat and bones at the Muslim employees and called them offensive names.” The suits also allege workers wrote derogatory comments about Somalis and Muslims on the walls of plant restrooms.