Fired Muslim workers file complaint

Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 13:04:18-05

More than a dozen Muslim employees are filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Ariens Co. for discrimination.

The Council for American-Islamic Relations or CAIR-Minnesota is helping them and alleging the company broke the law by not providing proper prayer times and discriminating against their religion.

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  • "It's becoming increasingly evident that Ariens has engaged in discriminatory conduct and has likely violated Title VII," said CAIR civil rights attorney, Maha Sayed.

    Ariens has said in the past they've been more than accommodating, but the breaks were disrupting the work flow. 

    "We're just disappointed that a group out of Washington D.C. feels they need to insert themselves in here," said Ariens president and CEO, Dan Ariens.

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  • Previously, Muslim employees were allowed to leave the production line twice a shift to pray two of their five daily required prayers, but as of Jan. 25, the breaks were eliminated and the employees were asked to pray during their scheduled breaks.