MINNESOTA: UPS fired nine (Somali) Muslim employees after they demanded time off for prayers several different times throughout the day during working hours.
America NowA lawsuit was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of nine Muslim workers against a Minnesota UPS branch after the employees were reportedly fired for needing to pray during the workday.
The lawsuit alleged the Atlanta-based company, as well as the Edina, Minnesota, staffing company Doherty Staffing Services, discriminated against several of its Muslim employees and violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, KAAL reported.
Two of the Muslim workers already sued the company but lost when the judge threw the case out of court. Now CAIR is going to sue them again.
The workers claimed in the suit that before June 2014, they were allowed to engage in daily prayer outside of their breaks and during work hours. When a new operations manager took over, that policy changed. The new manager reportedly asked employees in a meeting to raise their hands if they wanted to pray.
The employees claimed they were given one option if they wanted to pray during the day: They would have to leave and go home. They were also told that if they left, they would not be allowed to return.
Many readers criticized the workers for suing the company over their right to pray.
“Prayer for what?” one reader commented on the site’s Facebook page. “Simply wanting to disrupt the system that works to keep America going. That is their only objective; if I had to pray 5 times a day for no results, I’d find a new religion that works with the system that provides life for my family. They’d rather sue the employer and have a liberal judge give them a life’s pension.”