Jump to Navigation

Islamic group files workplace discrimination claim

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employers in New York and throughout the country from treating workers differently based purely on their sincerely held religious beliefs. However, questions about how far these protections should stretch have often led to contentious legal battles. One of the latest such cases involves Muslim workers at a Wisconsin snow blower and lawn tractor manufacturer. The workers claim that a new company policy is preventing them from practicing their faith and violates federal law.

A discrimination complaint was filed on behalf of the workers by an Islamic advocacy group on May 24. The group claims in their complaint that a policy introduced by the company on Jan. 25 restricting worker breaks to two predefined 10 minute periods changed a longstanding arrangement and discriminated against Muslim employees. According to the group, the arrangement in place prior to the new policy allowed Muslim workers to take their breaks at Islamic prayer times after receiving approval from a supervisor.

The manufacturing company is also accused of retaliating against workers who complained about the new policy. The complaint alleges that Muslim workers who continued to take their breaks at traditional Islamic times or asked for an exemption to the new policy were threatened with termination. There were allegedly seven Muslim workers who were fired and a further seven who chose to resign rather than comply with the new policy.

The Civil Rights Act requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate workers with sincere religious beliefs. When individuals are the victims of workplace discrimination, attorneys with experience in this area may remind employers of their responsibilities under federal law. Attorneys could also point out that employers taking retaliatory action against workers who have requested reasonable religious accommodations may face severe sanctions.

Source: ABC News, "Muslim Employees File Religious Discrimination Complaint Against Wisconsin Firm Over Prayer Dispute," Morgan Winsor, May 25, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Subscribe To This Blog's Feed
Contact

Nassau County Address
Richard V. Rappaport and Associates
1900 Hempstead Turnpike
Suite 200
East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: 516-368-0409
Fax: 516-222-5262

Map and Directions

Suffolk County Address
Court House Corporate Center 
320 Carleton Ave.
Suite 6200
Central Islip, NY. 11722
Phone: 631-234-0660

Manhattan Address
112 Madison Avenue 
6th Floor
Manhattan, NY 10016
212-685-8999

Facebook Logo google plus Twitter Logo linkedIn

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.

FindLaw Network