Muslim Who Won’t Sell Pork Loses Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise

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    An Arab-American owner of a Chicago-area Dunkin’ Donuts store has to give up his franchise after he lost his long-running legal battle with the restaurant chain over his religious objections to selling pork products.

    The company’s lawsuit came two weeks after a federal jury found that the chain did not discriminate against Elkhatib for refusing to renew his franchise agreement because he declined to sell breakfast sandwiches with bacon, ham or sausage.

    The dietary restrictions of Elkhatib’s Muslim faith forbid him from eating or handling pork. When he decided to go into the restaurant business, his faith one of the reasons why he invested in Dunkin’ Donuts in 1979. The chain did not introduce breakfast sandwiches until 1984.

    For nearly 20 years, Dunkin’ Donuts accommodated his religious beliefs, even providing him signs for his store that said, “No meat products available,” Elkhatib asserted in court documents. But in 2002, the company reversed course and told him it would not renew his franchise agreement if he did not sell its full line of products.

    Elkhatib sued the company but because he is not an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts, he could not sue under federal laws banning religious discrimination in the work place. Instead, he invoked a law that bars racial and certain forms of ancestry discrimination in the making of contracts.

    A Chicago federal judge rejected Elkhatib’s claim, finding that it was a religious rather than a racial claim. But in 2007 an appellate court allowed the case to go to trial, finding that Dunkin’ Donuts did not consistently apply its rules on franchise holders. In fact, Elkhatib’s lawyer found a Chicago location that did not sell breakfast sandwiches with pork because many of the customers followed Jewish dietary laws that ban the consumption of pork products.

    Elkhatib’s franchise agreement expired in April 2008, but Dunkin’ Donuts allowed him to keep operating the store until the end of the trial.

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    Dunkin' Donuts are entitled to protect their brand. Don't like that, don't buy their franchise. Simple.
     
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    When he bought the franchise DD didn't sell pork products.

    And for 20 years he has been operating his business without offering bacon or pork sausage products with the blessings of DD corporate office.

    Then all at once DD comes along and changes the rules and says that he has to offer pork products.
     
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    Yes. So?


    Contracts are for a specified term, they choose to not allow an exception at contract renewal. Happens all the time. In this case it involved items to be served on the menu, in other cases it might have to do with fee rates, or cleanliness standards, or location, etc.


    The company said here are the terms - accept of decline, it's up to you.


    Elkhatib is still free to run a donut shop, just not under the brand name of "Dunkin’ Donuts", there are many small business bakeries in this country - many no associated with a brand name and they do just fine. Hell he could probably use it as a marketing tool to attract religious customers that shy away from pork products and vegetarians/vegans that shy away from meat products all together and establish himself in the nitch market.



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    I don't understand, this is business. I buy all my liquor and beer from an Indian Muslim and he could care less, he tags it and bags it for me at the register.
     
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    And that Indian muslim is a hypocrite and is violating Islam by selling a haram product.

    I am sure he thinks it's OK because he is selling it to non muslims. (kufar)

    But he is wrong and will pay for it in the after life. :evil:
     
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    So Muslims are completely forbidden from selling anything haram, even if its just business?
     
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    Weird... they'll happily strap C4 cluttered with ball bearings onto kids and send them into market places filled with other Muslims and then blow those kids to hell... but woe betide them if they sell alcohol or pork.
     
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    It is hypocritical and unIslamic to invite people to accept Islam on one hand; and yet sell them something that is harmful with the other hand.
     
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    So, his business is 'inviting people to accept Islam'? Really? Damn. Interesting what one learns on the interwebs.
     

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