Monday, October 6, 2008
Persecution Then and Now
Someone must be awfully anxious to make his fortune at the expense of Frito-Lay. The illustration on the left [Auschwitz concentration camp] is presented an an example of real persecution. Now we have the ersatz variety:
A West Valley City truck driver is suing Frito-Lay Inc. because he says the company retaliated against him after he requested not to deliver Christmas trees, saying it made him feel uncomfortable because of his Jewish faith.
Richard Cleaveland is seeking damages of at least $100,000.
Cleaveland says he complained in December 2004 and was denied his religious accommodation request.
The complaint contends that since making his request, Cleaveland has been subject to insults, jokes and been forced to observe other Christian traditions. It also says he's been given worse shifts, been denied jobs he'd gotten in the past and had difficulty securing wages.
A spokeswoman for Frito-Lay could not immediately be reached for comment.