Source: Huffington Post
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.
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.