News last update:Mar 20, 2007

Objection to touch pork: employee transfer

An American department store has agreed on shifting Muslim cashiers who object to touch pork products.

The employees at some Target department stores will be transferred to other positions where they don't need to touch the product.

Religious beliefs

Last week, a local newspaper reported that some Muslim cashiers at the discount retailer stores had declined to scan products like bacon because doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.

They would ask other cashiers to ring up such purchases, or sometimes customers would scan those items themselves.


Minneapolis-based Target now said Muslim cashiers who object to dealing with pork can choose between wearing gloves while cashiering, shifting to other positions or transferring to other nearby stores.

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