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UPDATE: Muslim Trucker, Schneider Settle Civil Rights Suit


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTAQ) - A spokeswoman from Schneider National Inc. says a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a Muslim truck driver has been settled.

In a comment made to 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ, Janet Bonkowski says:

"Schneider National has been and will continue to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Schneider is steadfastly committed to its core values and treats people with dignity and respect. We have addressed the claims Mr. Reddy has made as part of such litigation, consistently with these values, and the matter has been resolved."

In the civil rights lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, 35-year-old Vasant Reddy claims it's against his religion to, "consume, possess or transport alcohol or tobacco," according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Reddy says he told his supervisors at the Philadelphia branch of the Green Bay-based trucking firm as much when he was hired in May 2009. Company officials told him they could accommodate his beliefs, but then Reddy was assigned to transport a deliver of Miller Lite, according to his attorney Justin Swidler.

After complaining, Reddy's supervisor allegedly told him that his refusal to transport the beer was an "operational violation" and he would be fired.

Swidler indicates fewer than 5 percent of Schneider's transports contain alcohol and, therefore, accommodating Reddy's religious beliefs wouldn't have been hard for the company.