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Settlement between Pennsylvania diocese, Muslim ex-employee

Catholic World News - January 05, 2012

After filing a religious-discrimination lawsuit in federal court, Omayma Arafa, a Muslim employee who was fired from her part-time parish job in 2009, and the Diocese of Allentown have agreed to a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.

Arafa alleged that a newly-assigned parish priest manifested a “cold, distant and hostile attitude” toward her and required her to take a lunch break during Ramadan. After discussing her complaints with the diocesan human resource department, she was fired; according to the diocese, the elimination of her position was a cost-cutting move.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 09, 2012 5:07 PM ET USA

    I don't know if the monsignor really behaved that hatefully,but I have certainly noticed how oblivious our clergy is to our Muslim community.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 05, 2012 5:07 PM ET USA

    Why on Earth are non-Catholic being hired to work in parish or diocesan jobs to begin with?

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