USA: Muslim workers file religious discrimination complaint against hardware company for allegedly refusing to accommodate their prayer schedule

Author: Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress (USA), Published on: 3 May 2016

"This Company Fired Muslims Who Wanted To Pray On The Job. Now The Workers Are Fighting Back", 2 May 2016

...Last Thursday, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 21 Somali-Muslim workers. The complaint alleges that Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions denied factory workers...the right to perform a religious ritual observed by millions of followers of Islam — praying five times daily — while on the job..."It is the constitutional right of these employees to have their religious practices accommodated, and companies need to start adapting their workplace policies accordingly," CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amarita Singh said in press release....Meanwhile, AmesburyTruth, the parent company of Truth Hardware, insists it did nothing wrong. "AmesburyTruth complies with all local, state and federal workplace laws," read a statement emailed to ThinkProgress. "We adamantly deny any wrongdoing related to the pending EEOC charge." The complaint is the latest in a series of disputes between Muslims and U.S. companies that fail to accommodate prayer observance...[Refers to Cargill and JBS Swift & Company]

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Related companies: Cargill JBS Swift & Company (part of JBS)