Muslim Workers Claim They Were Forced To Choose Between Keeping Religion or Job

Source: Huffington Post

The men asked to switch their meal time so that they could participate in a Ramadan tradition.

Sixteen Muslim workers are planning to sue an automotive supply company in Michigan for religious discrimination, claiming their former employer forced them to choose between keeping their jobs and keeping important tenets of their faith.

The men walked out of their jobs at Brose Jefferson in Warren over a dispute about meal break times during the holy month of Ramadan, according to Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, the law firm representing the employees.

Muslims typically fast from food and water during the daylight hours of Ramadan, which began on May 26 this year. In Michigan, the fast is typically broken around 9 p.m. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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Several thousand Muslims gather in prayer at the Islamic Center of America to celebrate Eid al-Fitr November 4, 2005 in Dearborn, Michigan.

The former employees worked a shift from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the manufacturing site, where they produced car door latches. At the beginning of Ramadan in May, the men reportedly sent an email asking managers to change their unpaid meal break from the standard 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., so that they could break their fast at the appropriate time.

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  1. A vast majority of people in this world just want to live their lives with their families and friends, and don’t give a hoot about what other people do, as long as they can go on with their families and friends. I find it almost impossible to believe that most Muslims want to kill people who don’t share their views. The matter at hand is how to change the mind-set of people so a higher percentage does not turn to violence. One should not lump all individuals of any particular Faith in with the violent actions of a few misguided individuals who USE Religion to justify their violent actions. Every now and then a Muslim kills in the US and some people jump on ALL Muslims, as though WHITES, CHRISTIANS or otherwise, do not kill. They forget that non-Muslim killing far outnumbers Muslim killing in the US. They call for the expulsion of Muslims. The BEST SOLUTION would be for all FOREIGNERS to go back to their roots and return the country to the original AMERICAN NATIVES. Is this not a FAIR PROPOSAL? LOL! You white Christians have destroyed the Native Americans and it is only fair and right that YOU be destroyed by other communities.

    Muslim community in all western countries need Masajid, state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers, halal meat, sharia laws, time of for Friday afternoon prayers in the Masjid, two religious official holidays per year and Muslim cemeteries. Stop treating migrant Muslims like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

    Living together requires quite simply, an acceptance of the others, of the way in which (the other) is dressed.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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