A jury has awarded two Muslim men $240,000 after they were fired
from Star Transport Inc. for refusing to transport beer because of their
religious beliefs. EEOC v. Star Transport Inc., No. 13-1240 (C.D. Ill., jury
verdict submitted October 21, 2015). Each man will receive $20,000 for
mental or emotional pain and $100,000 in punitive damages. The court
also awarded each $1,500 in back pay.

“We are pleased that the jury recognized that these—and all—employees
are entitled to observe and practice their faith, no matter what that might
be,” EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney Diane Smason said in an October
22, 2015, press release.


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For decades, manufacturers, distributors and retailers at every link in the food chain have come to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to partner with a legal team that understands the issues they face in today's evolving food production industry. Shook attorneys work with some of the world's largest food, beverage and agribusiness companies to establish preventative measures, conduct internal audits, develop public relations strategies, and advance tort reform initiatives.