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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on: 7th Circuit rules on Dunkin Donuts case out of Illinois

Following up on this brief ILB entry from July 10th, the Chicago Tribune has a long feature today on the dispute. Headed "Pork at issue in doughnut franchise row: Discrimination claimed in lawsuit as Muslim proprietor is threatened with loss of business," the article by Ameet Sachdev begins:

Every day for nearly 30 years, Walid Elkhatib has sold doughnuts. Glazed, chocolate frosted, Bavarian Kreme and other varieties. As a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee, he expanded the menu to include breakfast sandwiches, such as egg and cheese bagels.

But he drew the line at serving sandwiches with sausage, ham or bacon because his Muslim faith forbids him from eating or handling pork -- a departure from company policy that led Dunkin' Donuts in 2002 to threaten it would take away his two Chicago-area franchises.

So for five years Elkhatib has been waging a legal battle against the Boston chain claiming racial bias, not religious discrimination. The federal court of appeals in Chicago last month reinstated the case, blurring the lines between religion and race.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 1, 2007 08:12 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions