Designated Terrorist Group CAIR called on Wisconsin-based manufacturer Ariens in Brillion, WI, to allow Muslim workers to pray while at work using a previous policy pending a resolution of a dispute over religious accommodation triggered by a change in that policy.
WTAQ More than 50 Muslim workers lost their jobs after the company changed its policy to only allow prayers during scheduled breaks, not when the prayers must be made according to Islamic beliefs.
Before the new policy went into effect, the Somali Muslims were able to leave the production line twice-a-shift to pray two of the five prayers their faith requires each day. (Failing to mention that their ‘faith’ allows them to make up any prayers missed during the day at a later time)
The company says it is asking them to pray during scheduled breaks because its manufacturing environment doesn’t allow for unscheduled stops. The workers say praying only during a meal break goes against Muslim practice.
According to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), “an employer doesn’t have to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs if doing so would cause hardship to the employer.”