Religious Discrimination Suit Filed Against Whirlpool

May 3, 2002

Source: The Tennessean

On May 3, 2002, The Tennessean reported "Muslims charge discrimination at Whirlpool plant in La Vergne." The article explained, "Managers at the Whirlpool Corp. plant in La Vergne entered restrooms to ensure that Muslim workers were not praying and yanked scarves off women's heads, workers at the factory claim in a religion discrimination lawsuit. Sixteen current and former workers of the refrigerator and air-conditioning factory in Rutherford County filed the suit this week, seeking $310,000 in damages and a court order forcing the company to 'reasonably accommodate' the workers' religious practices, as required by law. ... The Council on American-Islamic Relations has heard complaints from workers at the Whirlpool plant for the past five years, spokeswoman Hodan Hassan said. ...In 1998, the organization first tried to mediate a dispute between plant managers and Muslim employees but was turned down by the company, she said. ... No court date has been set in the case."