A franchisee running a Dunkin' Donuts unit, who is also a Muslim, has won a U.S. appeals court ruling that will allow him to pursue a discrimination case against the donut chain. At the crux of the issue is the fact that Walid Elkhatib could not renew his contract with the chain because he refused to sell pork products.
Like many quick-serve chains, Dunkin' Donuts has expanded its breakfast offerings to include more sandwiches. Often those sandwiches include bacon, sausage and/or ham. Elkhatib refused to sell anything with pork.
In 2004, an Illinois federal court rejected Walid Elkhatib's argument that Dunkin' Donuts discriminated against him based on his race requiring him to sell pork-based breakfast sandwiches as part of his franchise contract. This week, the appeals court reversed that ruling. According to Reuters, U.S. Circuit Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner wrote that because three other Dunkin' Donuts franchisees in the area were allowed to continue without selling breakfast sandwiches due to space or lease restrictions, there was sufficient evidence to let Elkhatib's suit proceed to trial.
Source: Reuters, Meatingplace.com