Isn’t it interesting how often these things happen in the Minneapolis area: it was at the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport that Muslim cab drivers tried a few years back to stop carrying passengers who had alcohol. It was in Minneapolis Target stores that Muslim cashiers refused to handle pork products. There have been other such incidents. And now this, which is yet another attempt to assert the primacy of Islamic laws and practices over American business practices and customs. Note also the involvement of Hamas-linked CAIR.
Heinz has bent over backward to accommodate these Muslim workers already: they have two prayer rooms. They just don’t want them leaving work to pray outside of scheduled break times. Oh, the Islamophobia of it all!
“Heinz, Islamic workers headed to mediation,” by Steve Alexander in the Star Tribune, August 9 (thanks to JSF):
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will mediate a labor dispute between 22 Islamic workers and Dianne’s Gourmet Desserts, a Le Center, Minn., subsidiary of H.J. Heinz Co.’s foodservice operations.
The Minnesota chapter of the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Minneapolis, maintains that the Islamic workers were fired by the Le Center firm in December in a dispute over freedom to practice their religious beliefs, and were forcibly removed from the premises.
In a statement, Heinz called the council’s statement “misleading.” It said that allowances were made for Islamic workers to practice their faith and that “no Islamic employees were terminated from their jobs for requesting prayer accommodation and none were removed forcibly.”…
Hamas-linked CAIR lying? Why, it’s unprecedented!
The dispute allegedly revolves around whether Islamic employees were allowed to say prayers in the workplace at the time of day specified by their religion.
The council says that the Heinz subsidiary “created a new policy that abolished a break time used by Muslim employees to pray their evening prayer. The employees were prohibited from praying outside of the newly implemented work breaks, which did not coincide with prayer times.”
Heinz said it is “strongly committed to recognizing and protecting religious diversity in the workplace,” and that in Le Center it provided two prayer rooms for employees where the workers were “to take prayer breaks as a special accommodation to the requirements of their faith.”…