Muslim woman claims religious discrimination at Walmart job

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Muslim woman is suing Walmart, claiming managers at a Knoxville store discriminated against her and then retaliated when she complained.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the lawsuit was filed this week in federal court in Nashville by Fadumo Sardeye.

The suit says Sardeye spent years working at a Walmart in Memphis without problems.

According to the suit, she transferred to a Knoxville store in 2014. Managers there initially denied a request for vacation during Muslim holidays and demanded she show where in the Quran it said she could not touch pork products or alcohol.

When she complained to the corporate office, managers retaliated and eventually fired her.

Walmart said in an email the company does not tolerate discrimination or retaliation, but Sardeye was fired over attendance issues.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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