DENVER – JBS USA LLC, doing business as JBS Swift & Company, will pay up to $5.5 million and provide other relief to end a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charging race, national origin, and religious discrimination at the company’s beef processing plant in Greeley, Colo., the EEOC announced today.

The EEOC’s lawsuit, filed in 2010, charged that JBS discriminated against employees because they were Muslim, immigrants from Somalia, and Black. According to the EEOC, JBS denied religious accommodations to Muslim employees at its Greeley plant. Specifically, the EEOC asserted that JBS denied Muslim employees the ability to pray as required by their religion, and that Muslim employees were harassed when they tried to pray during scheduled breaks or even on bathroom breaks.

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