Muslim worker sues Catholic diocese for religious discrimination
CWN - June 09, 2011
A Muslim woman has filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, claiming that she was dismissed from her job at the diocese because of her faith.
Omayma Arafa, who was a part-time clerical worker, charges that she was fired by a priest who did not respect her religious beliefs. To support this charge, she recalls that she was required to take a lunch break during Ramadan although she was not eating lunch.
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Posted by: Guest6455 -
Jun. 10, 2011 12:15 PM ET USA
There is still some religious freedom left. You can hire only Catholics in a strictly catholic office. You think that a catholic would be hired in a muslim mosque?
Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 -
Jun. 10, 2011 8:19 AM ET USA
I wonder if she was a plant encouraged to use religious discrimination as a wedge to get the courts to rule against the Catholic Church -- backdoor sharia.
Posted by: rpp -
Jun. 10, 2011 4:44 AM ET USA
Why did the diocese hire a non-Catholic to begin with?
Posted by: gsarrazo9544 -
Jun. 09, 2011 6:37 PM ET USA
Her argument to support her charge may not have any teeth. If she is paid hourly, she is required to take breaks by federal law, regardless of her faith.