Ill. Dunkin' franchise ended over pork dispute

A Muslim franchisee of a suburban Chicago Dunkin' Donuts store must surrender ownership after losing a legal battle over his religious objections to selling porkā€¦The Massachusetts-based chain sued Elkhatib last week to bar him from using the company's trademark. That lawsuit followed a jury's ruling that the chain didn't discriminate against Elkhatib for refusing to renew his franchise agreement because he wouldn't sell breakfast sandwiches containing pork.

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April 1, 2009

Ill. Dunkin' franchise ended over pork dispute
Associated Press

WESTCHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A Muslim franchisee of a suburban Chicago Dunkin' Donuts store must surrender ownership after losing a legal battle over his religious objections to selling pork.

Walid Elkhatib's (wah-LEED' el-KEH'-teebs) attorney says the 59-year-old is removing Dunkin' signage from his Westchester store.

The Massachusetts-based chain sued Elkhatib last week to bar him from using the company's trademark. That lawsuit followed a jury's ruling that the chain didn't discriminate against Elkhatib for refusing to renew his franchise agreement because he wouldn't sell breakfast sandwiches containing pork.

Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and many also refuse handling it.

For nearly two decades, Dunkin' allowed Elkhatib to not sell pork. But in 2002, the company said it wouldn't renew the franchise agreement unless he sold all products.

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