08 Oct '11, 4am

Hertz Suspends Muslim Employees Over Prayer Breaks | Care2 Causes

Hertz Suspends Muslim Employees Over Prayer Breaks | Care2 Causes

A week ago, Hertz Rent-a-Car suspended 34 Muslim employees indefinitely for praying without clocking out. The drivers, who are all Somali Muslims, work for Hertz at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, for $10 an hour with no benefits. Workers are allowed two paid 10-minute breaks during an eight-hour shift under Washington state law. Religious Muslims pray five times a day; workers prayed once or twice a day on their shifts. But Hertz spokesperson Rick Broome said that managers were concerned the prayers could “get out of hand ” and warned the Muslim workers both in person and in writing that they would be suspended, unless they agreed to follow the clocking rules. Saying that the company felt it has to be “fair to all of its employees in Seattle,” Hertz said that the “breaks were typically extended long beyond the time necessary to complete religious obligations.” Teams...

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