Dianne's Fine Desserts harassed Somalis, used racial slurs, says CAIR

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations is preparing to file discrimination charges against Dianne's Fine Desserts for allegedly mistreating Somali workers.

About 45 Somali workers walked off their work site because they refused to follow a new dress code mandating that workers roll up their skirts so they are "15 inches from the ground," which some are calling a "burqa ban." CAIR's president says that new policy was merely a pretext for something more sinister.

"We have more going on here than just a new dress code," Lori Saroya told the Faribault Daily News. "We're hearing about an extremely hostile work environment that they've been dealing with. We're hearing the dress code was created to target the Somali employees because the company knew they couldn't comply with it so they could get rid of them. Many of these people are reporting being subjected to other forms of harassment, and it's shocking."

Beyond the new dress code, Saroya claimed that racial slurs like "monkey" were being thrown around. Her organization is going to file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"We're taking this very seriously," she said. "We work on a basic premise of making sure everyone is treated with respect and dignity. When we hear someone is being called a 'monkey' in Minnesota in 2012, that is something we just can't tolerate."

That allegation was denied by Dianne's owner, Mike Knowles, who told the Daily News his company is open to its Somali employees.

"We were accommodating even before this incident, and since then we are simply asking our female workers to roll up their skirts so they are 15 inches from the floor," Knowles responded. "They can wear pants or slacks under their dresses, that's not a problem."

All of the workers have received termination letters, Saroya said.

Knowles said Dianne's has hired people to replace at least a portion of the workers already while keeping the demographics about the same. Many have already been replaced, according to Knowles's comments in the Daily News.

"We have hired a number of diverse workers who are willing to abide by the new safety rules. We're continuing to run the plant and keep things going. We are getting new applicants every day," Knowles said. He pledged full cooperation with the EEOC and said he looks forward "to the opportunity for the truth to come out."

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Karlaolson
Karlaolson like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am ashamed to share Minnesota with the likes of most of the commentors here. Disgusting, ignorant, mean-spirited racism. Please: take the racists out. I'll keep the Somali population...they don't disgust me. Signed, 4th-generation Scandinavian-Minnesotan

Sabrina Veasey Flynn
Sabrina Veasey Flynn

So much fun to read the racist comments. I for one can't wait til the revolution.

Trayvon Kasel
Trayvon Kasel

I'd gladly buy their products after reading of there efforts to eliminate monkey business among their ranks.  I actually know of a place where Somalis are free to wear whatever they want, Somalia. 

Hohoho
Hohoho

Silly socialist Denmarker.

MrGasso
MrGasso

East Coast, She goes to "Racism" because She is afflicted with this VERY "Ism" that She rants against. I'll bet Her car or bicyle is platered with stickers "proving" how "Caring and Compassionate" She is.....When in fact, like Myself, She tries to keep Her very own Predjudices under wraps. But, I will admit that I was raised up in Minneapolis around some BIG RACISTS. But I'm at least trying to put those old beliefs to rest.......Early Childhood Education can be hard to Undo! But through lots of life lessons sometimes I find out that those old "Racists" were SOMETIMES right on target........Wow!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

You're right MrGasso - Dr J is a nut job - straight from the Maury Show.

Dr. J
Dr. J

I called you a liar because you are a liar.  You want to keep engaging with me I will keep reminding you that you are nothing but a fucking liar.  You told a childish story that was obviously a lie.  When I pointed out what a liar you were you became obsessed with me and reply to everyone of my comments.  You are nothing but a stupid pathetic child.  At age 70 or whatever you still tell lies like a child.  I can tell you are nothing but a pathetic stupid old man who isn't smart enough to learn things so you tell lies like a little kid that you think make a point.  Why won't you tell the story if you aren't a liar?    I actually hope its true all your neighbors hate you so you can break your hip someday and die on the floor cursing your flag hating neighbors.   

MrGasso
MrGasso

Doc, Let it Go! Enjoy life while You can! You don't need to prove anything........I believe You are a Good American! Hell, You probably have Fifty Flags flying around Your place......I actually have NONE! So There! Where can I hear You on Your soapbox live? Let Me know so I can come and listen and be Civil! You are clearly dedicated to Your cause. Whatever that might be!? Calling Everyone who disagrees with You a Liar??? That's not much of a "Cause" but hey! Knock Yourself Out!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

To quote Dr J: "When are you going to get rid of the racists and bigots like " You are so childish.  Immediately lash out with insults and name calling.  I have no idea why you immediately go to racism? These workers should realize that they are our guests.  I think many Americans find it insulting for these people to waltz in here, and expect us to bow to their primitive customs.   Intelligent people would figure out a new way (modified way) to maintain their customs, and to better fit in to American culture. As for your racism, racism, rant - that's really old.  Let's see:  these people were given free air-fare to come here.  I'm sure they were given assistance to get settled.  I'm sure they receive some sort of social services / medicaid / translator assistance.  Their children go to the schools we have built.  And you call it racism because we're critical of their lack of sensitivity to our culture?  I don't think it's too much to expect these people to assimilate - there are other ways for women to dress modestly.  Look at the Amish.

Dr. J
Dr. J

You are nothing but a dumb fucking asshole.  Everything you write is a pathetic racist screed where you judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few.  Nothing you say matters.  Nobody listens to you.  Immigrants will come here forever, you will die alone in your trailer.  I just hope you've never had a chance to have children since the world doesn't need anymore stupid ugly racists. 

Dr. J
Dr. J

Ok weirdo. Keep it up with your bizarre rants that show what huge issues you have with women. No way a guy talking like you do is a pathetic loser who has been rejected by every woman he has ever talked too.

Jack Jenson
Jack Jenson

And when is City Pages going to get rid of fat, obese, sex-less, bitter, Nazi, Anti-American, "rap-music" and gang-banger-loving, pro-Sharia-Islam, pro-OWS, underemployed, bitter (did that I say that again?), unattractive slob white bitches with the mentality of a 12-year old (and an intelligence to match) such as Dr. J?  Get this annoying fat bitch off of your website and maybe people can have an intelligent and informed conversation on your comments sections.  Because as long as you have this annoying cunt on here making her stupid fucking comments and attacking everyone who doesn't agree with her pea-sized brain mindset, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GIVE IT RIGHT BACK AT HER.  If this fat ugly cunt can dish it out, she better expect to get it back in return.  This dumb fuck was already banned under her Michelle Bachmann handle.  Please don't tell me you don't know who this moron is.

Dr. J
Dr. J

Nice comment system here City Pages.  Does it bring you a lot of pride to write a story about muslims so the KKK can show up at your website?   When are you going to get rid of the racists and bigots like doug, gasso, femme dad, and kirk?  Do we really need to hear doug's latest pathetic screed about how he is such a loser his only source of joy is anonymous bigotry?  How about the ban hammer.  I will gladly take a ban if I can read your stories without the constant racism and bigotry in the comment section.  When the fuck are you going to do something about these scum?  

Gay Ted
Gay Ted

Settle down there Libby..Take a deep breath & wipe the froth from your lips..Then head to Detroit & sing Kumbaya in the streets.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 Another fake tough guy statement from doug the coward.  He would never say these things in public so he says them on the internet like the big coward he is.  Must be a pathetic existance being the secret racist loser that nobody likes huh doug?  No one cares what a loser thinks doug.  You never will have to worry about hiring or firing people because you are obviously a stupid loser nobody listens too.  Awwwww poor widdle dougie no like muslims huh?   Well keep bitching about it on the internet loser.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 My only thought is why are you a lying douchebag who won't apologize for lying?   Like a stupid little kid you told a lie about how all your neighbors hate the America flag.  I called you a liar, you said you weren't a liar.  So I challenged you to tell the story.  Like a total liar you won't tell the story because you know all the adults reading this will know you are a liar.   Why won't you tell the story liar?  Just tell the truth and shut me up.   I know you never will because you are a pathetic stupid liar.  

Gay Ted
Gay Ted

Somalians pee in sinks..they wipe thier asses with bare hands but are repulsed by bacon..they are filthy,unwashed,hateful Pirates.

MrGasso
MrGasso

You got Me there! Good angle. In which case, I hope I've never eaten anything from there........! I'm sure Dr. J has though!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

I don't want eat any of that product produced by their nasty hands. Let these people go back to Somolia, Iran, Afganastan and see what kind of 'civil rights' they get there. Regressive, stone age, ignorant, non-assimilating - who the hell needs these pepole?   Diane's looks bad, not because of the burka issue, but rather for having the poor judgement to hire these barbarians in the first place.

Jamal
Jamal

REASON 10,001 not to hire a muslim.... Sooner or later Jihadis at CAIR will cry racism.  Forget the fact that one of these bags got cought in a machine and should have ripped the leg off the bag head....

Frances
Frances

Clearly OSHA has already visited and agrees with the company about the safety issue.  So on to the next governmental agency, the EEOC, to try another attempt at getting an employer to accomodate them.  Let's see, there are already prayer rooms at Dianne's, that's a nice accomodation.    If employees are calling other employees names, that's wrong and should not be tolerated.   But these ex-employees seem to exaggerate.  The article in the Faribault Daily News says 45 people, which would include the men, are seeking unemployment on the basis that they did not quit but were forced to leave.  Really?  

Zatarra
Zatarra

The answer is to discriminate PRIOR to hiring them--i.e. don't hire them.  Then you wont have to deal with this crap.  At least that is the message CAIR is sending to employers.  Great job representing islamic issues CAIR!

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